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Name: Camille Curd
Pasadena, Texas
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cscurd
May 18, 2015 12:52 PM CST
In June, 2010 I planted 100 fresh seeds with 97% sprouting. These are open-pollinated seedlings, the "baby-mama" being Slaughter Pink. My Plumeria is actually part of Elizabeth Thornton's collection that her adult children sold after she passed around 2007. Last year, I cut each leggy seedling in half & replanted the cutting into it's original pot because of lack of space for winter storage. They were over 3 feet tall. Not one of them has ever bloomed. I have about 40 other Plumerias, and the seedlings get the same care every year as the others. They get plenty of sun & I fertilize with Superbloom, they are in Miracle Grow Moisture-Control potting soil as some years (like this one) we get more rain than they need. The plants all appear to be healthy. But no blooms. What am I doing wrong?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 18, 2015 1:20 PM CST
I just cut my first two seedlings that were germinated in Dec., 2013. One was over 5" tall and the other right at 6' tall. Both were single-stem. Both cuttings are about 24" long and the stems are about 1.5" in diameter. I will root those two cuttings in a few days. Needless to say, mine haven't bloomed either. Hetty said it takes approximately 3 years for a seedling to bloom and she has perhaps grown hundreds. She would be the one to tell you what's going on. My Slaughter Pink plants bloom every year so its not like they are shy-bloomers.

That is amazing to have 97 seeds out of 100 germinate. Where in the world do you put those 97 seedlings? Sticking tongue out
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
May 18, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Camille, do they get plenty of sun? And I'm a tad worried about the Moisture control soil you use; they don't like wet feet....

You may just have to be patient.... (sigh, I know...)
Name: Camille Curd
Pasadena, Texas
My "Indian Name" would be "Happy Wi
cscurd
May 18, 2015 2:55 PM CST
Yes, Dr. Dawg- after having zilch luck planting seeds I couldn't believe how many sprouted. We generally put our Plumes in the Garage with a heater but with all the babies, there just wasn't room so I constructed a container on our patio using 6 6x8 sheets of insulation 1 6/8 sheet of plyboard & cinder blocks for the corners & middle & sealed it shut with duct tape. Was able to put 2 layers of plants in it. Surprisingly, it worked just fine though we didn't have many <30 deg days. The Moisture control potting soil only sucks up a minimal amount of water to avoid the over-watering thing & none of the plants have gotten mushy, yellow leaves or anything that would indicate too much water. It's a fairly light soil mix similar to what I used to mix by hand with the perlite. The older I get, if I can get out of work & the plants like it, yeah on that. I've used it for about 3 years now, but I quit giving them the few doses a year of fish emulsion I used to give as what nitrogen is in the soil mix is doing a good job keeping the stalks healthy & the leaves green but not overly bushy. Sigh....I hope I live long enough to see a bloom or two! Can't even give them away because nobody wants Plumerias if they don't bloom!cc
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 18, 2015 3:39 PM CST
I forgot to say: Welcome! Camille. My bad! Sticking tongue out

For the first time in many years I decided to leave a couple of dozen plumeria in their (large) pots and built a temporary greenhouse in the garage. It was about 8'x4'x8' and was built of 2x2's and solar blanket material, 16 mil. The solar blanket holds the heat in so well, that though we get into the 20's and occasionally the teen's, I used the smallest electric space heater I had and used it at its lowest setting. I did force all the plants into dormancy though. The seedlings I had (about a dozen) were overwintered in my "Everything Else" greenhouse since they were all in their first year and I didn't think they could survive dormancy.


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