Plumeria forum: P. cutings after six months

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 18, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Back in Oct. 2014, I mentioned that a friend who lived on the MS Gulf Coast gave me lots of cuttings and some even had seed-pods.

drdawg said:
A friend who lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast donated some cuttings to me, a lot of cuttings! Several of them have seed pods. In all my years to growing and propagating plumeria, I have never even seen a seed pod on any of my plants. Now, what do I do with these cuttings with seed pods?

Other than the 5 with seed pods, which I grafted, all the cuttings went into buckets of dry, coarse perlite where they have been since October. The storage area stayed around 60 or above throughout. I took those buckets of cuttings out of the temporary greenhouse so that I could dismantle the greenhouse. Along the way I have had a few rot, which I disposed of as soon as I saw the rot. I discovered a few with more rot but lots of them appear to have simply withered and are seemingly dead. I trashed those rotted ones but don't know what to do about those that simply show no vitality at all.

I have a feeling that taking all those cuttings back in October was not the right time to have done that and the lady should have perhaps left the plants intact until now. Hetty, what do you think? Should she have taken the cuttings AFTER the plants began to grow in the spring rather than taking them when her plants were going dormant?

Do I re-cut those that still look OK, let them callus, and then root them, or root them as they are now, having been callused for six months?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 18, 2015 6:53 AM CST

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When I do my Plumeria talks (and I do them regularly) I always emphasize that although people want to trim their trees in the fall when they are getting lanky and in the way, it is the worst possible time to take cuttings for propagation purposes. They are about to go dormant. Guess what happens with a dormant stick? Nothing, that's what. So they sat there and simply dehydrated, is my guess.
Having said that, if it was me I would take the ones that are still viable, maybe put them in a bucket of water with a drop of superthrive for a couple of hours, and then re-root in the pure perlite. I would not cut them again, they don't need more stress Smiling .
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 18, 2015 7:07 AM CST
That's what I was afraid of. I have Superthrive (don't do anything with it any longer, so I might as well use it for this "experiment"), so I will put a few drops in some water as you suggest. I won't cut anything.

As always, I appreciate your expertise, Hetty. Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 18, 2015 7:34 AM CST

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You're welcome Ken.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 18, 2015 7:35 AM CST

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and Thank You! for the Acorn Acorn
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 18, 2015 8:08 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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