Plumeria forum: Too late?

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Name: Mike
Anaheim Hills, CA (Zone 10a)
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SoCalDawg
Oct 15, 2013 9:38 PM CST
Hi Guys.
My local plumeria nursery has some fatastic sales for cuttings, but I'm wondering if it's too late in the year as it has begun to cool down and the days get shorter.
What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 16, 2013 5:25 AM CST

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Mike, the reason they are having sales is because they know it's late in the year.....
One option could be to have the cuttings grafted (or graft them yourself of course). If you can store them over the winter in a frost-free space they may hang on to start rooting in the spring.

Just curious - what kind of cuttings are these?
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 16, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Packaged cuttings sit in stores for a long time in Hawaii. Usually the ends are waxed though. Is there some way you can keep them dormant until spring?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 16, 2013 12:14 PM CST

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I store mine in a bucket of sand or perlite; some will actually root.
They will naturally go dormant which is why it is hard to root in the winter.
We have a pretty humid climate here; I understand sticks dehydrate easily in California.
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drdawg
Oct 16, 2013 1:06 PM CST
I store all my rooted plants and cuttings in heavy, black plastic bags, and put the bags in a closet. I leave the bags open so that there can be a little air movement but limited movement. Since I have central air/heat, there is very little humidity in the house and thus the plants are exposed to little humidity. The only plant I have ever had a problem with is the Peduca, and these were small, rooted plants. They never came back in the spring. I think these stems are just too thin to overwinter for 4-5 months. I would guess that my plumeria lose 10-20% volume due to dehydration but when I repot the rooted ones, or root the cuttings in the spring, they quickly re-hydrate. I have followed this regimen for twenty years. I live in NE Mississippi.
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Tursiopsgirl
Oct 16, 2013 1:34 PM CST
What nursery, Mike? I might be interested
Name: Mike
Anaheim Hills, CA (Zone 10a)
Plumerias
SoCalDawg
Oct 16, 2013 8:39 PM CST
Tursiopsgirl,
It's Upland Nursery in Orange. Have you heard of them or been there? They have a great assortment of plumerias, but also many other hard to find plants. And no....I don't own it nor am I an employee! Sticking tongue out
Are you here in Orange County?

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Tursiopsgirl
Oct 17, 2013 8:47 AM CST
My first 4 cuttings came from Upland but I remember I had to place an order for them and pick them up later because they are not on site. Are they having a sale on certain cuttings in stock? Or on anything in their catalog? There are a few I have had my eyes on but they are quite pricey for an unrooted cutting. And I live near LAX but I often go shopping in Anaheim and OC so I can easily swing by the nursery.

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