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Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Oct 22, 2015 7:32 AM CST
I've seen some messages about topping the plumeria.

How do you top it and what does it do to the plumeria?
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drdawg
Oct 22, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I am not sure what you mean by "topping" your plumeria, Lucky. If you mean to simply cut the branches/tips, I do this all the time. I take 2-3 dozen cuttings each and every year. I root the cuttings and those cut tips generally will produce branching. That's a way to encourage a more dense plant.
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Name: Thea
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cherryb1ossoms
Oct 23, 2015 1:46 AM CST
How you mean cut the branches...are you referring to the leaves or the tip of the Pulmerias, Ken? Any pictures? Thanks
Name: Lucky
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luckyzl230
Oct 23, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I had read a topic on here where there plumeria was getting to tall and was top heavy. Saw someone mention topping it to bring it down to a good size height.
Wasn't sure if they meant cutting it at the top or the bottom. If it was the bottom I can understand that it is now back to a big cutting.
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Oct 23, 2015 8:24 AM CST
When my Plumeria's get too tall to see or smell the flowers (mine are in the ground here in Florida) without a ladder I choose a height I like (usually somewhere between my waist & my head and cut all the branches to that height. It gives me LOTS of branches that I can then root, AND on the 'mother plant' it usually puts out at least 2 or 3 new branches where it was cut!
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drdawg
Oct 23, 2015 9:29 AM CST
I keep all my plumeria about like Patty does, at a manageable 6' or less height. I have to move mine inside for the fall/winter months, so size is important to me. I try to wait until the branches/tips are at least 24", are a nice and plump 1 - 1/2" thick, and the base where the cut is made not too green. To get these parameters, I usually take cuttings mid to late summer. I am no expert here, far from it, but this works for me when I am rooting cuttings. The base/trunk of some of my plumeria are 4-5" thick. I have never taken a cutting in that thick wood. Thus, I don't know how a cutting that thick would root or what sort of branching/tips would form from a cut trunk. I feel sure there are those, particularly in FL and S. CA that have done this and can tell you their results.
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Name: Lucky
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luckyzl230
Oct 23, 2015 7:07 PM CST
So, basically you can just cut the trunk at 5 foot. Then all the branches above it make cutting off it?
So, does the trunk that's left, produce leaves are does it callus up?
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drdawg
Oct 23, 2015 9:14 PM CST
The cut will callus but then will usually branch. Those branches will form just below the callused cut. I have has cuts produce one branch/tip, two tips, and up to six tips. There is no way to know.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 24, 2015 6:58 AM CST
I'm curious what your plumerias look like in winter Ken. Do you have pics of how they look like before the haircut and after?

I usually does a haircut of mine when the wheat her mine starts mentioning frost, which is late Dec, late Jan or like last year, early Feb. My Momma plants will usually branch out 3 to 4 where I cut it and will usually bloom same season, except this season no blooms on my new branches.
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drdawg
Oct 24, 2015 7:11 AM CST
I will go out later and take some pictures of a couple of plumeria that I cut back a month or so ago. I will take a couple of pictures of the cuttings sitting in a bucket of coarse perlite so you can see the tips that were removed.

I don't really know whether those cut ends with new growth (done in the spring) flower the same year (summer/fall) or not. I simply have never noticed. I think @Hetty believes that it will be the next year before (possible) flowering, so perhaps she kept up with this. I have a feeling that she is correct that branches/trunk won't flower the same year that they have been cut. I do label my cuttings as to the date they were taken, so I do have a time-table for their rooting. That's about it for record-keeping.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 24, 2015 1:38 PM CST


dianna
Oct 24, 2015 10:24 AM CDT
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This plumeria tree was a small.cutting brought by my uncle from.Hawaii many years ago. It has grown to be about 3feet tall, Now has 2 main branches starting about one foot from the bar of the soil. It is planted in a pot that is about 2` x 2` .
One of the branches just started 4 new shoots maybe a 5th. The other branch is single, both have leaves from 5" to 12".
It has bloomed one time with many.beautiful white fragrant flowers.
I was told my pot was too small, besides that I want to cut it to make 2 trees, don't know how to do this, or what size pot to use.I don't want to kill.either piece, can.you help?
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Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Oct 25, 2015 12:44 AM CST
I can't see any pics Ken
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 25, 2015 7:00 AM CST
I am not good at this stuff. Let me see if I can copy and paste the pictures from Dianna.

No luck. Someone will have to tell me how to post those three pictures from the T-Mail.
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Oct 27, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Ken just posted some great pics on a new thread called "question about cuttings" cause he couldn't remember how to get here! Thumbs up
Name: Lucky
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luckyzl230
Nov 1, 2015 1:58 AM CST
Thanks
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 2, 2015 8:50 PM CST
I was scared when I had to cut back my 12 ft plumeria early this past summer. It simply got too tall to handle. Plus the Riviera Rainbow had giant 18" leaves to boot making it very top heavy. It had bloomed once for the first time. But if I let it grow one more season, I knew I would have trouble getting it into the greenhouse.

I cut it down to 3 ft tall, and handed out generous cuttings to 3 people. I was so scared! But everyone here babied me through it. I over-worried when the 4" diameter stump rotted at the top. I doused it in peroxide and put Saran Wrap over it to protect it from the rain. Oh! How I worried!! That tree is now 6 feet tall again with 4 branches. It hasn't bloomed this year. But I bet next year it will surprise me.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 2, 2015 8:57 PM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Nov 3, 2015 11:51 AM CST
Hurray! and hopefully it will be easier for you to enjoy the blooms next year.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 9, 2015 8:06 PM CST
Hey Lucky...local news is talking about a tornado warning ..hope you are from from the area being broadcast.
Name: Lucky
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luckyzl230
Nov 18, 2015 3:54 AM CST
Thanks Tarev, I actually just got back from So Cal. Been on a much needed vacation :)
I heard about the tornado warning and one actually touching down while I was all the way down in Disneyland
Lucky Patrick

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