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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 8, 2015 8:48 PM CST
Does anyone know how I can straighten my plumeria ? Its been growing outside all summer and has had full Sun all the way around it.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 8, 2015 8:58 PM CST
About the only way would be to put the pot next to a sturdy support like a fence post, tie the stem to the post, and very gradually pull it upright, I think.

But, please consider first that plumeria really don't grow "straight" anyway. They are naturally an open, branching shrub. It may be getting ready to put out a branch in the other direction that would balance it out. These plants growing in the wild don't often fall over, they spread out their branches to balance. That little guy just hasn't got his feet under him yet and looks like it put out too much top growth for its stem to support.

Ease back on the fert and water as the weather cools and see what happens next spring.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 8, 2015 9:00 PM CST
I had a couple of crooked cuttings. After rooting and the first transplanting I tied gently it to a stake. I see you have stakes already in. Try slowly tying it up to the stake and bringing it up straighter and straighter over time?
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Name: Heath
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plantcollector
Oct 8, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Thanks. I was thinking of doing that with pantyhose tying it to the porch railing...But if that is the way they grow I might just leave it alone.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 9, 2015 3:49 AM CST

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All good advice. Many Plumeria get top heavy with the new growth this time of year. The newest part of the branches is still very flexible and all the heavy leaves, often laden with rain water, will make it top heavy and bend over. I would clip some of the older leaves and then tie it up. If you want this to become a tree (they are trees, you know Whistling ) it would be better to start with a nice straight trunk.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 9, 2015 5:40 AM CST
Yes, you can easily straighten it as people suggested. That "trunk" is very pliable and actually would straighten with the first try. You might need a larger stake though. I stake every single one of my plumera to keep them straight.
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Name: Heath
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plantcollector
Oct 9, 2015 8:32 AM CST
Ya I have a lot smaller ones that are stacked I just let that one get away from me and was afraid I might break it but I'll gentle.
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drdawg
Oct 9, 2015 9:42 AM CST
I straighten plumeria all the time. Often their growth takes them well past the stake and then I have to "pull" them back to a longer stake. I have never broken one in all the years. You'll be fine, Heath. Thumbs up
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 9, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Thanks
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drdawg
Oct 9, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Thumbs up
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 9, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Hey! Look at that pineapple you have there!! Thumbs up
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 9, 2015 11:41 AM CST
I took the top off of one I bought at the grocery store a couple of years ago
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 9, 2015 12:14 PM CST
That is something I have never tried to do. It sure does look neat. You have a magical (green) thumb, Heath.
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Name: Gigi
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Oct 9, 2015 12:23 PM CST
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 9, 2015 6:30 PM CST
Yes those are all seedlings that I just repotted the summer. I have had them for 2 years now
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DavidLMO
Oct 12, 2015 6:48 PM CST
I stake almost anything that has a strong upward growth - usually from very early on. Depending on the plant, I may remove the staking. Further, I am more North than you, so I try to rotate plants 90 degrees every week or so. Some I need to rotate 180 degrees. Sun lean can be rather dramatic. I just wonder if there are any straight trees in Minnesota.

That flexible green gardening tape can be use to cinch up a little at a time as well.
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