Plumeria forum: taking cuttings in late July

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2012 1:26 PM CST
I have several old plumeria plants (25 yrs old) that I take cutting from each fall, when I bring my plants in for the winter, or in early spring, after they have been dormant for approximately 4 months. These old plants were potted up in the spring and now have produced numerous tips, some with 2-3 tips 18-24" tall and one has 5 nice tips growing, those tips are 12-20" tall. Can I take cuttings below the green growth, in the old wood, allow the usual time to callose and then root these cuttings? In doing so now, I might get more tips to grow from the old wood as well as rooted cuttings. The base of the old wood is anywhere from 3" to 4" in diameter and I would be cutting through approximately 2" thick wood.

I live in NE Mississippi, and my plumeria go through dormancy in heavy plastic bags lying in my enclosed, heated porch for the 4 month winter.

What do you think of my taking cuttings this time of year?

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 28, 2012 1:46 PM CST

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Ken, if you feel comfortable rooting then by all means go ahead, just be sure - as you said - to take grey wood.
The optimum time to take cuttings - from a rooting and re-growth point of view - is in the early spring but many people here trim their plumeria at this time of year.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Thanks, Hetty. I have rooted plumeria for twenty or so years with no problem. All those years I just gave away the rooted cuttings (dozens and dozens) to friends, family, and patients. Now that I am retired I have a (tiny) tropical plant business and no longer give away my plants. I only had the 'Celadine' for sale this year (through eBay) and have actually sold out of cuttings and then the rooted cuttings. I probably have sold three dozen plumeria cuttings/rootings total. Not making much money (and what I make goes to plants/materials) but I have met a lot of really nice people and it does keep me busy. I so wish I lived in S. FL or S. CA rather than here in NE Mississippi. It is a pain bringing in all my tropicals. I have two greenhouses, one being dedecated to orchids and seedlings and the other to my other tropicals.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 28, 2012 4:15 PM CST

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I actually have put some rooted Plumeria plants by the road with a 'free' sign on it today. One at a time, and three have been taken so far. Makes me feel like I'm spreading the aloha spirit!!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2012 4:29 PM CST
I took six thick cuttings, with from 1 to 5 actively growing green tips loaded with leaves. Two of them even have flower stalks. I have hung them in my greenhouse, stem side up and will mist the leaves every day until the stems are well callosed. Just another part of my horticultural education. I like to experiment.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 28, 2012 4:41 PM CST

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Keep us posted how that goes. I always clip all the leaves on cuttings... so I'm intrigued.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
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drdawg
Aug 2, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Will do. They are now all in a community pot of 2/3 coarse perlite and 1/3 milled spaghnum, with a coconut fiber mat on the bottom.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 2, 2012 3:48 PM CST

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Leaves still there?
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
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drdawg
Aug 4, 2012 2:53 PM CST
I removed all the leaves except the small, newly forming ones on the tips.
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