Plumeria forum: Need help with rotting

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 6, 2012 12:20 AM CST
I'm new here and fairly new to Plumeria. I have been successful and own a 4 feet tall plant that I brought back after a bad freeze two years ago. But my problem is a new red plumeria cutting brought home from Honolulu. It has been rotting. Crying It was doing really well, 8-10 leaves, 3-4" of new growth from early spring up until about a month ago. Then we had weeks of almost nonstop rain and I didn't know to pull it out of the rain. At the first sign of rot, I unearthed and cut off the blackened end Sad all the way up to healthy, firm stock. But I didn't let it callous. Yesterday, I looked at it again and found more rot at the base. Grumbling I cut it back yet some more. I am down to a 4" cutting now, with tiny sprouts at the tip, letting it callous after applying rooting hormone powder. Does it stand a chance?? TIA
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 6, 2012 3:41 AM CST

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Keep trying, and consider it a 'plumeria lesson'.... Smiling it may surprise you yet.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 6, 2012 9:04 PM CST
I will never give up!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 9, 2012 5:04 PM CST
Ok so, the rotting Red Plumie calloused well but it felt squishy. Sure enough! It was rotting. I trimmed it up to healthy (green) wood once again, put the rooting powder on the end of it and gently planted it in African Violet Soil without watering. I know Perlite is recommended but I am not willing to spend any more money on this baby. I can't take it any more. She makes me sad. Look how sad she looks. 1-1/2" in the soil and 1-1/2" showing in a 4" pot. It's suddenly not very promising, is it?? I am pretty much planting a green stalk now. Crying From this 2 weeks ago:

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To this today. I need all the luck I can get!

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Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Aug 9, 2012 5:19 PM CST
OH Cheryl
you tried and let me know if you like to get a replacement .....i can help with that!!!

good luck I have one that size that is rooting but dosnt happen very often

mike
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 9, 2012 5:35 PM CST
You have one that rooted at that size?! You are the Expert and I am not. But suddenly I am hopeful. Smiling It is sitting warm in the sun right now. I can't give up yet. I can't get a replacement until this one is a total goner. But it looks like I will be in touch real soon, Mike. Shrug!
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Aug 9, 2012 6:30 PM CST
I hope it roots Cheryl. When I got my cutting from a friend, the trunk started to get wrinkled. I thought it was rotting, but a friend told me to stick a pin in it and if white sap comes out, its alright. It had me worried for the longest time, I'm not sure if its rooted yet, but I tugged on it and there was some resistance. The wrinkled part also went away. Keep hopeful because you never know.
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Aug 9, 2012 6:48 PM CST
ok I did not think possible but i dont like to give up so i just took these photos of the ones i have that i think are rooting due to they are starting to form leaves and have been in these pots for a few weeks and these have not rotted
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NOW dont get me wrong I am hopeful these are rooting.....maybe not it is not common in any way but i am hoping....i know i have thrown a ton of these away for sure!!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2012 6:58 PM CST

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They're looking good, Mike!
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Aug 9, 2012 8:20 PM CST
well just spent over 1 hr with out power so when is it you give up and start your generator???

hope they make it but i learned not to hold my breath!!


Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 9, 2012 8:40 PM CST
I start up the generator when I get too hot. We have a window unit we use during storms and power outages. Our gen is wired to the house to run the min of things but is not large enough to run the A/C.

I was just thinking how really old I will be if this one takes, til it finally bloom! At my age, I gotta think instant gratification! Rolling on the floor laughing Treemail coming to you Mike. Let's talk Plumeria!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
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chefmike92
Aug 9, 2012 9:25 PM CST
After the hurricane season that we had so so so many storms and i was with out power for 36 hrs i said OH NO never again i got one big to run my window unit in my bedroom, my refrigerator,my satilight dish ,my tv, my router and modem and my computer...lol but it is not hooked up to the house i have special cords for all of them!!!

that was i dont know 5-7 yrs ago and just a few months ago i started it for the first time and the elet. came on when we got the electrical cords out...lol
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 9, 2012 10:15 PM CST
Our small gen is 9000 watts and runs pretty much all the vital things. If we are careful, we can stay in touch with the world with it running. A good friend wired it to the house. It was $150 worth of wiring. He made his own wiring for it. I can only imagine what an electrician would have charge?! We turn off the main, plug it in, start the generator and voila! Power! During H. Alicia we were without power in August for 10 days, H. Rita, 5 days, again in August. So we were ready for H. Ike with the generator. Good thing, because we were without power for 8 days. We did the cord thing back then, too. Since wiring it, we haven't had to use it for long periods of time. BUT, the season is not over with yet!
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 10, 2012 3:48 AM CST

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Season is not over by a long shot. Peak comes around Mid-September....

We bought a generator after Wilma.... not wired to the house but like Mike we have a small portable a/c unit that we can use in the bedroom and for the fridge etc. and it will run that.

Let's hope the storms to come will all go elsewhere where they do no harm...
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 10, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Do the FL Weather Peopl hype up the Tropical Depressions coming way off the coast of Africa? Seems they get everyone riled up here about a storm 1000's of miles away. Once, I was in a grocery store when the Manager made an announcement saying a hurricane had moved and was coming to our area. Of course, that made customers buy up the store of non-perishables. In the end, the hurricane never came. Thumbs down
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Aug 10, 2012 1:18 PM CST

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The Florida weather people do hype up the storms, which is why I don't listen to them. At this time of year I check the NOAA and also Weather Underground for hard facts rather than hype.
I vividly remember my first Hurricane, Charley, in 2004, and going to see some friends down the street because everyone in my house was in a frenzy two days ahead. My friends just laughed and said - oh you must never listen to the weather people, just come to the beach with us and have a drink. They were all relaxed... and I also became that way. I haven't watched the likes of Joe Cantore since.....
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 10, 2012 1:50 PM CST
The beach before a hurricane is AWESOME! Talk about a Calm Before The Storm, the weather is THE BEST right before a hurricane. That is my favorite thing to do just before a storm, sit with a glass of wine and watch the weather change. I don't even drink wine but is it on the top of my Hurricane Prep List! Rolling on the floor laughing I sleep really well when the storm rolls in. Hilarious!

Our first experience with hurricanes came in 1983 with Hurricane Alicia. We were new to the area. We watched the news a little not knowing what we were looking at. It sat in the Gulf for DAYS building and getting bigger every day. I kept asking our neighbors, "Is this something we need to worry about?" He said, "Naaaaaah". The weather of course was awesome the day before so we gathered up all the new neighbors for a BBQ. I was in line with my neighbor at the store. Everyone's cart had water, canned goods, candles etc. I had a Gallon of Blue Bell Peaches and Cream Ice Cream and some Margarita Mix. He had beer and a box of DooDads. What was wrong with that picture?? Rolling on the floor laughing

H. Alicia was historically one of Houston's worst. It was relentless. I woke up the next day hung over to the phone ringing. It was my neighbor. "HEY! Y'all have a tree on your house!" It was true! But worse,imagine the remnants of a party with no electricity. My house was littered and garbage full of plastic cups and paper plates. I had BBQ food in the disposal, melting ice cream in my freezer and we were out of tequila! Rolling on the floor laughing My BIL was in town and he vowed never to come back! Rolling on the floor laughing Somehow we survived 10 days without electricity in August just from being young and stupid! We were grilling pizza looong before Grilled Pizza became the fad only because there was nothing left but frozen foods in the grocery store. We also grilled frozen mac and cheese. It was deeelish! Rolling on the floor laughing

I am too old for those kind of adventures now. I am fully prepared for any storm.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Aug 10, 2012 2:12 PM CST

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Been there, done that.... Hilarious!

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