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NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
Apr 6, 2016 5:51 AM CST
I HOPE SOMEONE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ME.
I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD PLUMERIA THAT PRODUCED INFLOS TWICE AND WHILE I HAVE 4 NEW BRANCHES, THE INFLOS DIED AND THE LUSH FOLIAGE TURNED YELLOW AND DROPPED LEAVES DUE TO MITES. HAVE BEEN SPRAYING WITH NEEM OIL. IS NEEM OIL MAKING IT WORSE? PLANTS,ARE INSIDE UNDER GROW LIGHTS. WHAT TO DO?
ANY HELP APPRECIATED
FATHER DAMIEN-MARIE
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GigiPlumeria
Apr 6, 2016 6:49 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Do you have pics to share?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Apr 6, 2016 8:22 AM CST

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Welcome! from me too! Pictures would be great. Also - where are you located that you need to be growing these inside under grow lights?
Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Apr 8, 2016 11:46 PM CST
What type of neem oil are you using?
Cold pressed 100% neem oil is the only way to go. Mix with a drop of dish soap or another wetting agent and mist with a spray bottle.
DO NOT MIST THE INFLO. And only spray the plumerias right before the lights turn off on your grow lights.
If you spray it on while the grow lights continue to shine on them you'll give the leaves sun burns and yes they will turn yellowish and fall off.
I had my plumerias under grow lighst this winter and had 3 inflos that did not produce. Lots of branching like you but no flowers.
I have come to the conclusion that neem oil was the cause of two which I drenched them with the leaves. (I had a bad infestation) The other one I'm not sure about. No humidity in the studio under grow lights so that could be the cause too.
Lucky Patrick
NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
May 11, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Located in NYC, NY.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE/GLASS WALL
HENCE GROW LIGHTS
NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
May 11, 2016 11:46 AM CST
PS:
PLEASE ADDRESS PROBLEM AS TO REGULAR VS RED/BLUE LED LIGHTS.
HOPE AM DOING THIS CORRECTLY.
NOT EVERYONE ID COMPUTER SAVEY.
THINK AM IN TREE MODE
FATHER DAMIEN-MARIE
NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
Jul 18, 2016 11:37 AM CST
Blessings plumeria lovers,

Another saddness and disappointment. My 2 plumerias and 1 fig tree have all come down with webbs. The windows of the abbey are all closed shut so where do these mites/webs come from.
I have had my Singapore pink dwarf plumeria for 3 years now. Have had 3 inflos that all dried up.
The general pattern os that I get a bush lush with greeh foliage and then suddenly yellow leaves with webs.
I spray them, wash them and yet....what to do.
I am convinced by trial and error that neem oil kills my plants.
Am running on low but battery is still going.
I am a 82 year old priest and want to see a plumeria grow before I go home to God.
In 1954, Molokai Hawaii the leper colony had plumeria abundant.
Please help.
Fr.Damien 'Marie
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Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jul 18, 2016 4:32 PM CST
I hate to hear this, Father, after you have worked so hard to simply keep these plumeria alive.

You may have to resort to a commercial spray, such as Bayer Natria Insect Disease & Mite Control, but in the meantime, simple water can help control them. Wet a soft rag with water and gently wipe all the leaves, top and particularly bottom, with the water. You can add a little dish detergent, but its really not necessary. Rinse and squeeze the rag regularly as you do the wiping. Repeat this every 3-5 days. Also, any leaves that show significant yellowing or damage, get rid of them. At least you don't have a lot of plants to deal with, so wiping won't take much time.
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NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
Jul 30, 2016 12:05 PM CST
HELLO PLUMERIANS,
AM TRYING TO ROOT A PLUMERIA IN A JAR OF PERLITE.
MY QUESTION IS, SHOULD ENTIRE JAR BE FILLED OR ONLY ENOUGH TO COVER ABOUT AN INCH OR TWO FROM BOTTOM OF JAR.

BLESSINGS,
FR.DAMIEN-MARIE

P.S: DOES ANYONE KNOW FOR SURE WHERE,SPIDER MITES COME FROM?
Name: Jeff
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Moe
Jul 30, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Hello Father !! I have heard that air circulation helps control mites...Maybe a small fan in the area can be of help...
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 30, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Father, this recently happened to my 10 yr old plumeria I have in my greenhouse. We went away for 2 weeks and spider mites moved in. They sucked the sap from most of the leaves and they all turned ugly and were dropping. I removed the worst of the leaves, sprayed it well with water, and then sprayed with Safer Soap. I'm keeping an eye on it now, but it seems to be doing much better.

There is always some type of problem with us growing our plants! I hope you can get yours back to healthy again. The small fan in the area is a good idea. I'm going to put another one in my greenhouse. I already have 3 solar vents and a solar fan, but apparently more air movement is needed.
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 30, 2016 12:42 PM CST
damiendelo said:HELLO PLUMERIANS,
AM TRYING TO ROOT A PLUMERIA IN A JAR OF PERLITE.
MY QUESTION IS, SHOULD ENTIRE JAR BE FILLED OR ONLY ENOUGH TO COVER ABOUT AN INCH OR TWO FROM BOTTOM OF JAR.

BLESSINGS,
FR.DAMIEN-MARIE

P.S: DOES ANYONE KNOW FOR SURE WHERE,SPIDER MITES COME FROM?


Father, have you tried buying a rooted cutting or seedling that has inflo already? This is most likely the sure way you can see a bloom.

I haven't tried rooting anything on perlite but Hetty and Ken did. I agree on others about he spider mites.
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drdawg
Jul 30, 2016 12:45 PM CST
During the summer, even though only plumeria cuttings are in the "Everything Else" greenhouse and seedling are in the "Orchid" greenhouse, I have two fans running 24/7. During the winter, when these greenhouse are stacked to the gills with plants, I have 4 fans running, just not 24/7. I have often said, and I guess will continue doing so Whistling , that air-movement is the single most neglected aspect when growing tropical plants. That may be true for all plants but all I grow are tropicals.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 30, 2016 12:49 PM CST
I have (privately) told the good Father that, Gigi. I know that this is true. I can understand someone, against all odds, trying to root or bloom an outdoor tree in minimal light and with other poor growing conditions, but still...........
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plantmanager
Jul 30, 2016 1:06 PM CST
He probably wants to see blooms that he's had a hand in. Buying them isn't as much fun!
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drdawg
Jul 30, 2016 1:14 PM CST
But if he passes, still waiting for that "magic" to happen, where's the joy? There is nothing wrong doing what he is doing, hoping for the best, but there is nothing at all wrong in getting a plant or two that are small (can be grown successfully under artificial lighting) and rooted, and if one has just the beginnings of inflo, so much the better. There is no one out there that loves to experiment more than I when it comes to growing and propagating tropical plants, but still, I am a realist.
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Jul 30, 2016 1:30 PM CST
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2016 2:40 PM CST
I think the joy of seeing a bloom you have babied along is extra special. I understand how Father wants to see one that he helped along.
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NYC,NY ZONE 6
damiendelo
Jul 30, 2016 5:11 PM CST
On a limited budget, I now buy only cuttings that are rooted.
It seems that as,soon as my plants look healthy and lush, along come the spider mites. This has happened 5 times with my dwarf pink Singapore Plumeria. The plant is 5 years old, grows lush foliage and has twice had inflos which I now know thanks to you all, I killed. Aside from the mites, I was putting fertilizer on a cue tip and touching the inflos up.
Alors, I ask why these wretched spider mites come along as soon as a plant looks most healthy? They must have some type of brain as they stay away from the everyday usual house plants like palms and ficas?
Fr.Damien-Marie
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jul 30, 2016 5:14 PM CST
You need some air-movement, Father. Also spraying and wiping the leaves, top and particularly on the bottom, every few days will usually eliminate them. They simply don't like moisture. The plumeria will appreciate having moist leaves as well.
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