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Sep 28, 2014 8:01 PM CST
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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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This tall Rivieria Rainbow is bent at the top. It is about 8 feet or taller and all stem except for the bushy top. Should I try to straighten it out? How? Or should I just wait til spring and cut it back? Where? (scared!!)


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Sep 29, 2014 4:18 AM CST

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While Riviera Rainbow is a tall grower yours seems unusually lanky. Is it getting full sun?
I would wait to do anything until spring, personally.
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Sep 29, 2014 5:49 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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I agree

I saved one Riviera Rainbow from last year's bad winter. I will take a picture later and y'all can critique it for me.
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Sep 29, 2014 11:07 AM CST
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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hetty, the tree came to me 24" tall with three branches. 2 branches snapped off spring 2013. I was heartbroken but I was able to start those cuttings. I gifted one cutting. The cutting I have is now 3 feet tall. The single branch on the mama tree continued to grow to the 8 feet it is. I think even if I straighten the bend in it, it will continually want to lean because it is so lush at the top. I will wait til Spring, but yes, I think a sever trim is necessary. At what height should this be done?? Should I trim the upper part then as well. Each branch is about 18" long. It gets as much as my driveway sun can get, about 6-7 hours a day. It just is just top heavy with those large leaves.
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Sep 29, 2014 12:30 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Cheryl, this is my Riviera Rainbow. I already took a sizable cutting from it a couple of weeks ago (you'll see that "stub" on the lower left side) and the other branch has three long tips. You will see the cutting end I took last summer where this new three-tip branching occurred. I hope that branch that was cut two weeks ago will begin to grow new tips before dormancy halts all growth.

I won't cut that three-branch until next spring. I might cut it intact, or I might take three cuttings. It just depends on how long and mature the three branches are at cutting-time.

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The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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Sep 29, 2014 3:33 PM CST

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Here is a picture of the Momma tree of Riviera Rainbow.
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Sep 29, 2014 4:47 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
That's a whopper of a tree, Hetty! Thumbs up My plumeria can never be trees. Crying
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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