Plumeria forum: Plumeria cuttings- what to do in South Florida?

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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Nov 11, 2012 8:20 AM CST
I have a few plumeria cuttings that I got from Mike that have been doing fantastic. Lately, however, because the weather is changing, they're dropping their leaves, some have a little rust. This is only in the leaves, though. The actual stems are nice and strong.
I haven't watered them much, and just let them be. However, I'm wondering if I should do anything special, protect them or something when the weather gets even chillier.
I mean, compared with other parts of the country, South Florida winters are so mild... so, should I just let them be or should I store them?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2012 8:27 AM CST

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No water during their dormant months (that is what the dropping of leaves indicate) and protect from frost.
Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
Nov 11, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Thanks Hetty!
The only one not behaving like winter is getting to it is my pudica. But then again, it's an established little bush by now.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2012 10:38 AM CST

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The pudica will most likely keep its leaves all winter unless you get a bad cold snap.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 11, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Hetty, someone sent me a tree-mail saying that she has plumeria that are 3-4 years old and never bloomed. Are there male and female plants when it comes to plumeria? I know with many species of plants only the female (or is it the male?) will bloom but both male and female are necessary for cross-pollination and ultimately blooming. Thanks for the info. Ken
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2012 5:00 PM CST

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Ken, there are no male and female plants.
There are two possible reasons why the plants don't bloom:
Maybe they are seedlings and not mature enough yet.
Or - maybe they don't get enough sun (either because they are planted in the shade or the person lives in a zone where the sun isn't strong enough).
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 11, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Thanks, Hetty. I knew you would know. This lady lives in Plano, TX and thus sun is no problem. I don't know about shade. She said her plumeria are 3-4 yrs old I would think that this is certainly old enough to be blooming. Perhaps some varieties have to be older? Ken
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2012 5:37 PM CST

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As I said, if they are seedlings 3 years is generally the earliest they would bloom. Many wait longer.
Name: Online public--Cyra
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cyra
Apr 16, 2013 3:21 PM CST
I've heard of seedlings blooming after 8 years, for the first time. (Think I'd have designated them as graft -stock...)

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