Plumeria forum: Growing Plumeria cutting drying out?

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mtrhowe85
Mar 29, 2016 2:26 PM CST
I have this cutting from my dad's plant. It's been planted a few months and is growing leaves. They are about two inch spikes right now, seems to take forever for them to get larger. Anyway, I just rotated it in the sun and noticed the side always in the sun has these wrinkles like it is drying out. It isn't mushy by any means but it is softer than it was when I cut it originally. I don't water much yet, just a little bit once a week or so. Do I start heavily watering? Or just wait?
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drdawg
Mar 29, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Do you know whether the plant has rooted?
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mtrhowe85
Mar 29, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Not sure how to tell other than it seems stuck in place
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drdawg
Mar 29, 2016 7:31 PM CST
The only way to tell is to look at the base of the cutting and see if it has rooted. I am pretty aggressive when it comes to checking on root-growth, because I want to know this before starting a water/fertilizer regimen. I would loosen the soil with my fingers, gently loosening the roots/cutting, then turn the pot upside down, holding the cutting at the base which would literally allow the root-ball (if there is one) to separate from the pot. If there is a root-ball, great. Put it back into the pot, add potting soil if necessary, and begin to water and weakly fertilize the plant. If there is no roots, well, you'll just continue with what you were doing.

By the way, did you see the results that Lucky had re-hydrating his cutting?
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tarev
Mar 30, 2016 10:56 AM CST
I wait for at least one of those leaf claws to actually open up before I water it thoroughly. Till then, I leave it alone still, keeping it warm and dry. It really varies on our growing areas, not all of us have controlled temperature environments, so easy to be blindsided by stem rot due to watering when cutting has not rooted yet. I would rather wait a bit more.

As long as that stem is staying firm, not mushy,not getting blackened looking, it should be okay. It may go wrinkly, just got to leave it alone and let it do some more leaf growing.

The leaf claws of your cutting is looking really good..just be patient for now.

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