Plumeria forum: Sunburn Prevention

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Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Azgarden
Jun 1, 2016 10:16 AM CST
With our weekend temps predicted to climb into the 110-117 degree range, I started thinking about potential sunburn to plumeria cuttings. My cuttings aren't large enough to have a good canopy yet. I certainly won't have them out in the blazing sun all day. Does anyone paint the trunks white as it is done sometimes with citrus? Just thinking/wondering if anyone had thoughts on this. Confused Sorry if this has been addressed before and I missed it. Thanks for any input or ideas on sunburn prevention. I'm all ears!
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drdawg
Jun 1, 2016 10:20 AM CST
Mary, I have never even thought of this or seen it done. Other than aesthetics, I can't imagine why whitewashing the "trunk" would harm the tree. Perhaps folks in the FL or SW will know more about this method of preventing sunburn.
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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Jun 1, 2016 10:24 AM CST
I have seen this and never knew why.

Did a quick search and found http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/painti...

Seen it on bigger trees but never smaller - but this seems to say the opposite.

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Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Jun 13, 2016 2:57 PM CST
Thanks for the article.
I was just thinking about this last week.
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Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Azgarden
Jun 13, 2016 3:23 PM CST
With 120 degrees expected this weekend, Grumbling we will be throwing aesthetics aside and probably painting or wrapping trunks of younger trees. The larger trees have weathered those temps before and may have some leaves with sunburn, but their canopies should protect them.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2016 4:58 PM CST
It's hard to believe we could get those temps this early, but if we do, I'm sure many plants would love to be white washed or wrapped.
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Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Azgarden
Jun 13, 2016 5:07 PM CST
Isn't that the truth, Karen. Makes me want to throw a big shade sail over the entire yard Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2016 5:21 PM CST
I wish I could do the same thing! This year will be a really hot summer if this is any indication. :(
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Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Azgarden
Jun 13, 2016 5:42 PM CST
I agree Can monsoon be far away? Haboobs, raining dirt, dry wash full of rain or dry thunderstorms, microbursts and dusting the house & cleaning tile floors everyday! It is near hibernation season In the desert for sure Sighing!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2016 7:23 PM CST
I sure hope so! We can use the rain, if it comes.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 14, 2016 12:59 PM CST
I would not do painting of the stem..I would water more frequently, at times daily before the sun hits the plants, when temps are expected to soar beyond 100F. They may still lose some leaves in the process, after all they are tropical plants, not desert plants, so it will either drop some leaves to conserve its water or get burnt leaves but it will grow new ones. Humidity is too low or nil anyways during very hot weather days. So even if you water everyday, it will evaporate just as fast. Important thing is it gets to drink water.

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