Plumeria forum: question about cuttings

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 27, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Someone asked to see what my plumeria looked like after taking cuttings, but I don't remember the thread or who asked the question. We have had days of pretty much constant rain and it was misting when I finally went out and took some pictures a few minutes ago. What you see are not even 50% of the plants I have that have taken cuttings from, and a couple of the pictures here are plants that have had several cuttings taken over numerous years, you might say "cuttings of cuttings of cuttings". When I sell a cutting or take a cutting for myself, I like large, plump cuttings. You will see "stubs" that are 1.5 - 2" thick, and those stubs have actually shrunk about 25% after taking the cutting(s). Many of the cut ends have growth that is several feet tall and some with just beginning new growth. Some cut stems have had a single new tip emerge, but by far, most cut stems have multiple new tips. One of my cut stems has seven new tips growing adjacent to that single cut stem. I did not get a picture of that one since it would have to be moved and the weather is still just terrible here. I tried to get not only the cut surface(s) but also some of the full plant just so you can see how healthy these plants are. You'll see a bit of yellowing of some leaves, a sign that dormancy is at hand.

Needless to say, I am not shy about taking cuttings. I know these pictures are not the best (due to the bad conditions) but I hope they help show that my plants are not "suffering" after being cut.

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Name: Mary
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Azgarden
Oct 27, 2015 1:43 PM CST
Wow Ken! Your plants look so healthy. Interesting how the new growth pops out from the stem. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Oct 27, 2015 2:09 PM CST
Hey Ken, nice shots. The question was on the thread "topping your plumerias"!
Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Oct 27, 2015 2:12 PM CST
I just posted a little update over there to send them over here! Thumbs up
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 27, 2015 3:16 PM CST

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Good illustrations! Thumbs up
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 27, 2015 3:33 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Oct 27, 2015 8:51 PM CST
I agree thanks for posting it here Ken! They look healthy and happy!
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 27, 2015 10:30 PM CST
I agree Very nice Ken. And helps a newbie like me to learn. BTW - I finally broke down and moved mine in to a screen porch. Smiling Been low 40s here for days now.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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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
Oct 28, 2015 6:15 AM CST
I am holding my breath that though all my plumeria look fine, we have had almost constant rains since Sunday. Several have even begun to bloom profusely. Not a bit of sun worsens that moisture impact on the plumeria. The temperatures have been mild, with lows in the mid to low 60's and highs in the mid to upper 70's. The rain has finally moved out and we are supposed to see the sun today. These plants really need a lot of sun to dry out.

There was no way I could move all those plants inside before the rains hit. I have built the frame for my temporary plumeria greenhouse but still have not wrapped it in solar blanket material. The long-range forecast is for mild weather to continue for another couple of weeks and thus, I hope to leave all these plants out until mid-November. We'll see.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 28, 2015 8:57 AM CST
drdawg said: ... solar blanket material. The long-range forecast is for mild weather to continue for another couple of weeks and thus, I hope to leave all these plants out until mid-November. We'll see.


What is "solar blanket material"?

I have decided to cover my stuff in frost blankets tonight and leave out for another week or so Smiling Give me some time to get organized. nodding

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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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
Oct 28, 2015 9:09 AM CST
It is pool cover material, David. Folks cover their pools with it to generate heat and to hold the heat in when it is cool. I am using it "off-label" (what else is new for me Whistling ) and it works great for this temporary greenhouse. I also have my other two "real" greenhouses wrapped in solar blanket material during the fall and winter months.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 28, 2015 9:22 AM CST
Thank You!
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