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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Mar 1, 2016 10:42 PM CST
March 1: Another week has come and gone--rather quickly, I might add.

It appears that the individual buds are forming and pushing out of the "casings". I can't wait to see these flowers! I expect it will be starting to bloom in another week's time. Watered lightly once this week. Had in full Sun back outside once it warmed back up 3 days ago (Had to bring inside for pictures. I got home late).

I friend of mine told me 2 days ago that she couldn't believe that I was letting it "root bloom", because it would cause it to develop roots slower and not grow as quickly in the short term. She was fairly rude about her opinion. First of all, I could never bring myself to cut off the inflo of one of my plumeria. Secondly, I do not care that it is a "root bloom" and that the flowers may be small or "inferior". Yes, I know that by allowing it to focus energy on blooming, that it is taking away from root growth currently. I do not care. It is not going to hinder the plant. I am in no rush for it to "grow up". For this matter, I am going to throw out one of my commonly used phrases. Plants are people too. A cutting is a child--it must grow and learn, and even create its own identity separate from the parent plant and become it's own individual. Every child is different, and I will not hinder this child or stop it from doing anything that it would do naturally. If it wants to grow 4 sets of leaves, great. If it wants to flower and bloom, great. If it wants to lay dormant for an extra month before it slowly wakes up, great (Side note: I have 3 different cuttings that I potted at the same time, and these are 3 real world examples that are currently happening).

On a less rant-driven note; I am used to seeing dark colors for pink and red blooms popping out of my plumeria (because that is what color they are). These are so light. I'm thinking they are going to be a light colored flower. I can't wait to find out!!!

P.S. I will not be laughing very hard if my friend has given me a "common" white or yellow plumeria and told me it was something special. Haha.

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