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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 16, 2010 5:14 AM CST

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Here is the Growing hints forum.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 24, 2010 8:15 PM CST

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You may notice your plumeria starting to wake up with the longer daylight hours and the warmer temperatures now. What warmer temperatures??? Confused Well, they will be here soon. The tips start to glisten as the plant is preparing to make new leaves and Hurray! inflos!!
Now is a good time to start the fertilizing regime.
I have been using the Dynamite 13-13-13 or a similar timed-release fertilizer with good results. Throughout the summer I supplement this with horse manure as I get it. Fish emulsion is great too.

Pretty soon we'll see blooms!

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Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Feb 25, 2010 7:39 AM CST
good morning, my little seedlings are still doing good, they are about 2" tall not ready to bloom yet *S*
I have each one in their own pot, how fast do they grow.
I will keep checking in.

Doris
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 25, 2010 6:13 PM CST
What is the best potting medium for Plumeria? Confused
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 26, 2010 4:16 AM CST

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Doris - they will grow quite fast if you give them plenty of space for their roots. So you're doing the right thing by giving them each their own pot. You may want to step them up again later this summer if you see good growth. Remember, they may not all grow at the same rate. Some may be quite compact which is a desirable trait, really.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 26, 2010 4:17 AM CST

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Lynn, the main requirement for plumeria soil is that it is well draining. They absolutely hate to sit in wet soil. You can use any good potting soil and then amend it with perlite or lava rock (or even sand) to provide good drainage.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 26, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Thanks Hetty. I will go repot it now. : )
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 3, 2010 5:04 AM CST

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I hope you've all started fertilizing - it is essential to do this as they are waking up, if you want to see blooms! And who doesn't.....

Here is my beautiful Plumeria obtusa 'Singapore' which is still fast asleep, but always late in waking up. I was thrilled it didn't suffer any cold damage.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 3, 2010 10:57 AM CST
That is just beautiful Hetty.
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Apr 3, 2010 11:27 AM CST
WOW that is beautiful, hope one of mine looks like that, I will take some pictures of my seedlings this evening.
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Apr 5, 2010 6:32 AM CST
OK here are my seedlings, and yes I started fertilizing.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 5, 2010 2:20 PM CST

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Those are looking good. But I tell you - they will be ready for bigger pots by June....
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Apr 6, 2010 6:49 AM CST
I have bigger pots ready Thumbs up Hilarious!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 25, 2010 3:03 AM CST

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Doris how are your seedlings doing?
Name: Cora
Alpharetta/Jonh's Creek, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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CoraBarner
May 2, 2010 6:00 AM CST
I don't have any plumeria to grow yet but i' m thinking of trying those beauty. Are they fragrant? i love fragrant blooms. How hard to grow them from seeds and how long it takes to flower grown from seeds.

Any advice is greatly appreciated from everyone.

Thanks,
Cora
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
May 2, 2010 9:11 AM CST

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Cora, they are very easy from seed but it will take around 3-5 years to bloom. It might be better for your sanity if you started with a rooted or grafted plant or even a cutting.

They are extremely fragrant, and every variety has a slightly different scent from the next.

In your area you will have to protect them from frost in the winter.
Name: Cora
Alpharetta/Jonh's Creek, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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CoraBarner
May 3, 2010 8:39 AM CST
Thanks Hetty, for the info. that really help me decide which way to go to start on plummies. I' ll start looking on e-bay for cuttings.
Name: Stuart Pointon
Manchester
Plumeria2u
May 8, 2010 10:15 AM CST
Hi all, Everyone in the USA seems obsessed with buying cutting from Ebay. Now in the UK I can understand it as Plumeria are few and far between but in the US you have so many fanatsic nurseries selling quality grafted plants why do people take a chance on ebay where they could be sold any old plant when you can buy from a reputable trusted source?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
May 8, 2010 10:42 AM CST

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Good point Stuart. There are just so many tempting pictures on Ebay I am sure people have a hard time deciding. And some of the sellers are great, but there are a lot of fly-by-nighters.... Caveat emptor.

When I spend my money on plumeria, it is to trusted sellers only. Anyone who wants to know which nurseries and sellers I recommend may feel free to send me a C-mail.
Name: Stuart Pointon
Manchester
Plumeria2u
May 8, 2010 2:11 PM CST
There used to be a saying That went something like " A photo cannot lie" but unfortunately these day that is not true. From experience Ebay is full of fly by night sellers. If I lived in the US Ebay would be bottom of my list for buying plants as you have so many great sellers. As a lot of you know I am a commercial seller in the UK so have experience of buying in the USA and I have to say you really do get what you pay for. As Hetty says above if you want to know where to buy the best plants in the USA for virtually the same as you pay for an unknown cutting on Ebay just ask.
I have bought in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA and after buying literally 1000's of plants I keep going back to the US as they really are the best quality every time.

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