Plumeria forum: What causes this anomaly in a seedling

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 13, 2010 6:51 AM CST

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A grower posted this picture on a different forum. I thought it might be interesting to discuss this; personally I would like to know the answer since I have seen it on other seedlings.

This is a seedling of Vera Cruz Rose. Second year. It is branching at the leaf nodes. What causes this?
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Name: Davie Brooks II
Yuma, AZ
Davie
Sep 13, 2010 8:56 PM CST
I dont know what causes it but I have a few seedlings that have done this. Anyone else have any suggestions?

Luc
Sep 19, 2010 12:05 PM CST
Hello

I would suggest that this plant is so happily growing that it does not feel like producing inflos. The large internodes indicate too much water and N fertilizer. VCR is a vigorous grower, you can expect the same from its seedlings. I would switch to a high Potassium fertilizer formula to bring cold and stress resistance to the plant.

Luc
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 19, 2010 12:06 PM CST

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Good advice. BUT - why is it branching all by itself?
Name: Davie Brooks II
Yuma, AZ
Davie
Sep 22, 2010 4:52 PM CST
From Lucs explination it sounds like it is vegative, and feels no need to flower...so it is doing its vegative thing and producing more foliage...is that correct Luc?
Name: Stuart Pointon
Manchester
Plumeria2u
Sep 29, 2010 10:07 AM CST
We have had this on about a dozen seedlings this year with several looking like small bushes with 6 or 7 sets of branches on plants that are only 10" tall. Most of them are seedlings of Mary Helen Eggenberger. We use very low Nitrogen fertilizers on all our seedlings so it cant be that in our case!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 29, 2010 10:10 AM CST

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Plumeria2u said:Most of them are seedlings of Mary Helen Eggenberger


Now THAT is intriguing!

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