Plumeria forum: A cutting question

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 19, 2014 11:06 PM CST
Hey folks, I got a big cutting of a NOID white plumeria last October - it was a leftover at our local Master Gardener plant sale. It's been 'stuck' in a pot all winter and I didn't expect it to do anything except maybe show signs of roots.

I lifted it gently out of its pot today to check for roots and there's nothing. The lower part of the cutting (it's about 3ft long!) is a bit shriveled but feels firm, not squishy. The end is green but not swelling at all yet. My other plumerias are already putting out little leaves.

Should I be doing anything to help this cutting get started?
Elaine

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 20, 2014 5:44 AM CST

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Can you post a picture? Especially of the cut end?
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 20, 2014 7:10 AM CST
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A three foot cutting is a long cutting, isn't it Hetty? This could/should end up being two rooted plants.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 20, 2014 8:04 AM CST

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I personally don't go much for tipless cuttings. In my experience they never end up being satisfactory plants down the road. I might make an exception if it is a very desirable cultivar.
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drdawg
Feb 20, 2014 8:48 AM CST
No, no. I meant get the one long one well-rooted, and then take another cutting from that one. I should have explained better. Sorry.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 20, 2014 12:54 PM CST
I knew you'd want pictures. Here ya go. I rinsed off the cut end to get a better look at it. Bark is peeling back a bit but it feels firm, and woody not the least bit mushy.

Top end has a branch that was cut off about 8in from the end. The bark is not shriveled above that.


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Elaine

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 20, 2014 1:06 PM CST

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I would peel back the 'skin' at the bottom end; it looks there might be some rotting material there. If there is, remove that and rinse the end with some Hydrogen Peroxide. Then just plant it in the warmest spot and do not water it at all until you see leaves.
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drdawg
Feb 20, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Hetty, do you like to cut the "rooting" end square or angled? I read somewhere that an angle cut gives more surface area for rooting. Don't know whether this theory holds water or not. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 20, 2014 2:51 PM CST

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I always cut straight across. With any angled cutting I have rooted I have only observed roots at the tip end, so no, it hasn't worked out that way for me.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 20, 2014 3:00 PM CST
Ok, will do thanks!
Elaine

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 20, 2014 3:25 PM CST
I do the same. Now I know I should get the best results doing so. Thanks. Thumbs up
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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Feb 21, 2014 7:36 AM CST
Do roots form only at the very end of the cutting? It sounds to me that that is what is being said here, am I wrong? Most other plants I've had cuttings from have rooted from all along the buried end of the cutting.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 21, 2014 7:48 AM CST

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Brian, generally you only get roots at the very end.

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