Plumeria forum: Help! My plumeria fell & broke in an odd spot... Need treatment advice!

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PinkyLepuce
Jun 18, 2014 1:43 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I am a newbie here seeking help for my first ever (& now injured) Plumeria that was recently gifted to me. I was heartbroken this morning when I found it had taken a tumble from its perch and broken just above a fork in one of it's two main branches. After a few hours of research I felt it best to consult with those in the know before taking any action. I would be appreciative for any and all feedback as to how to best rehab this baby.

The broken stem is about 13 inches long without the leaves, and both severed points are a bit hollowed out at the broken ends. Should the broken off piece be left as is or split into two cuttings? What should be done with the broken branch that is still intact? Also wondering if the broken piece could be grafted back onto the plant?

Thanking you kindly for your words of wisdom!

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 18, 2014 1:48 PM CST

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Welcome Welcome! @PinkyLepuce

I'm sorry your plumeria broke and I am mystified why it is so hollowed out! Has it been very dry where you live?

This is what I would do.
I would replant the bottom section as is and it will eventually make new branches from the old leaf scars on the broken section.

The piece that was broken off, I would first remove (clip) all the leaves; then I would cut just above the V into two cuttings, dip them in a rooting hormone or similar, let callus for a week and then plant them in a perlite or sand-heavy mix and they will most likely root.

Look at it this way: if all goes well you will eventually have three plants!

Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 18, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Welcome! and I agree with Hetty!
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PinkyLepuce
Jun 19, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Thank you Hetty & Gigi... I am in Southern California, and the plant was gifted to me from a friends neighbor who was moving into a retirement home, so it's possible it had been neglected for a while, and it has been warm & dry lately. I too thought it was odd that it had a hollow stem. I've just cut the broken stem into two cuttings just above the V, dipped the ends in rooting hormone & clipped the leaves. The new cuttings are slightly less hollow and am now wondering if it would behoove me to cut them a little higher in hopes of getting a solid end. Any thoughts?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 21, 2014 5:05 AM CST

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Let them callous for a bit. Since it's dry there you may want to mist them from time to time.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 21, 2014 8:12 AM CST

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Let them callous for a bit. Since it's dry there you may want to mist them from time to time.

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