Plumeria forum: Buds forming on new cutting

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 8, 2012 2:00 PM CST
A while back I 'liberated' a branch from a plumeria that is growing in front of an empty house and next to a pharmacy parking lot. It was on the ground, kind of snaking away from the tree. I pulled it off and brought it home because it has the most wonderful scent, whenever I park there to go to the pharmacy I can smell it. It's one of the yellow flowered ones, no idea what it is.

Anyway, it's been stuck in a pot of dirt on the roof for at least a month and I noticed today that it is not only sprouting leaves but what looks like a bud. I'm hoping it will bloom this winter. We've had a lot of rain this past week, several inches every evening, so I'm glad it didn't rot.

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I've also got a bud forming on the native white and yellow plumeria.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 8, 2012 2:40 PM CST

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Congratulations on your buds, Jonna, but - the buds may actually slow down the rooting process on the cutting. I would keep an eye on it. If the development of the leaves stops I would cut off the bud... Sad
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 8, 2012 2:46 PM CST
Thanks Hetty, I may have to do that. It's raining again now, we are getting a lot of late rain this year. On the up side, I haven't had to water for weeks Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 8, 2012 3:43 PM CST

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It's the same here. It seems a very wet fall.
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 22, 2012 4:55 PM CST
My cutting bloomed! The first few that opened only had 4 petals but the later ones have 5.

These are the first to open, taken a couple days ago.

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and a close up from today with more blooms open.


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I wanted this cutting because the smell was so strong and perfumey on the mother plant. I'm happy to say that it is just as fabulous on my cutting.


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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 22, 2012 6:25 PM CST

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Very nice!!
Name: Online public--Cyra
Central CA (Zone 9a)
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cyra
Apr 18, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Good advice Hetty, but I don't think I could ever force myself to willingly cut a plumeria flower...(unless it was infested with something catchy), no more than I can force myself to de-flower the first year strawberry plants, like I should.
I know that removing flowers from immature plants forces their energy into making roots.
I also know that first year strawberries, while small, seem sweeter and tastier than those that arrive later, during the second season, and that plumeria flowers are good for the soul....they lift the spirit, and just make days ...better!
I hope you post a pcture of that cutting, Jonna..
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Apr 18, 2013 7:05 PM CST
I'll get a picture of it tomorrow. It has another bloom and is starting to leaf out. I don't know if it is really rooted or not, but as long as it is growing and looking healthy I don't need to know.

I think I mentioned earlier that I got it off the ground near a tree that I park next to when I go to the pharmacy. It was a wayward branch, still sort of attached to the tree but fallen. The smell was so strong and wonderful I really wanted a piece of it. No one answered at the house and it looked like no one was living there. Well, a month or so ago I went by and the house and the plumeria were gone Sad There is an office building or something similar going up in the spot now. I'm glad I got a little piece of that tree but I wish I'd known and I would have saved more. There were several other huge plumeria trees on that lot. it's sad.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 18, 2013 7:42 PM CST

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That just kills me.... but I'm glad you were able to get a piece. If it's leafing out it is probably rooted Smiling
Name: Online public--Cyra
Central CA (Zone 9a)
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cyra
Apr 18, 2013 8:41 PM CST
The picture you posted makes me think of "Aztec Gold", but it's so brightly cheerful, I'm not sure it's ID.is all that important -just that you saved it... Hurray!

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