Plumeria forum: question about waxing cuttings

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kingbingo
Mar 22, 2015 2:13 PM CST
do i have to wait for them to harden off like normal or can i wax them right after cutting?
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Dutchlady1
Mar 22, 2015 2:18 PM CST

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I don't 'wax' my cuttings Confused so you may need to explain a little better what you mean.

kingbingo
Mar 22, 2015 2:32 PM CST
i'm talking about dipping the cut end into parrafin wax to seal it. jim little briefly mentioned this in his book.
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drdawg
Mar 22, 2015 3:16 PM CST
Hmmmmmm, I have never heard of doing that. Why would Jim want to wax the cut end? Wouldn't that prevent rooting? Perhaps that might be something handy to do IF you took cuttings just before bringing in the cuttings for fall/winter storage. Perhaps it would keep that cut end viable better/longer than just the callus. Shrug!
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Dutchlady1
Mar 22, 2015 3:43 PM CST

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Yeah it's a storage thing. @kingbingo where are you located?

kingbingo
Mar 22, 2015 4:06 PM CST
just a bit of north san antonio. in his book there is a line about it making it easier to root difficult cuttings.
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Dutchlady1
Mar 22, 2015 5:28 PM CST

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If you want to follow his directions go ahead. I don't see the point of the wax though, frankly. I'll have to go over his book again and see what he has to say.
Has it gotten warm there yet, kingbingo?
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tarev
Mar 22, 2015 10:10 PM CST
I have only seen applying wax at end of cuttings with Dracaena sanderiana where the purpose is to prevent fungus from entering the cut end and to further hold moisture in that cutting.

With plumerias, I do not think it is needed since the plant naturally heals the cut end as it dries out. You can put cinnamon though, on the cut end. Smiling
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 31, 2015 10:54 PM CST
Often when you buy Plumeria cuttings, they have been "dipped" in wax. Perhaps it helps it from rotting while above ground?? I feel like scrapinh the wax off before rooting.
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Dutchlady1
Apr 1, 2015 3:18 AM CST

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I have never bought a Plumeria cutting that was dipped in wax... Confused and I can assure you I have bought a few plumeria cuttings.... Hilarious!
I would remove it before rooting, for sure.
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2015 6:17 AM CST
I have never seen a "waxed" plumeria cutting either. I feel sure they would never root as long as the was is covering that cut-end.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Hawaii's pre-packaged Plumeria cuttings found in stores and souvenir shops are dipped in wax and packaged in a plastic bag with a few holes in it .
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Have you ever rooted those, Cheryl?
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2015 1:55 PM CST
I tried and failed. But I won't blame the wax. I am not so lucky at rooting for some reason. Also the one I tried was red. I am going back to Hawaii for work this month. I might try my hand at it again. It's always tempting. I will scrape off the wax though.
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Cheryl, do yourself a favor and get one of the easy-to-root varieties, such as Celadine, Vera Cruz Rose, or perhaps Slaughter's Pink aka Shirley's Delight. I have great results in rooting those and they are the one's I use for my root-stock when grafting those hard-to-root reds. Hetty has her favorites as well.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2015 6:03 PM CST
I kinda wanted another challenge of a red. That is a color I don't have. I have pinks NOID, a Celaine, Riviera Rainbow . I think I NEED a red. The Plumies in Hawaii at stores are not labled and usually a NOID. But if I can get to the other side of the island this time, I might be able to visit a nursery. Work is work but I play hard!
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2015 7:21 PM CST
Cheryl, why don't you just purchase rooted reds? Let someone else do all the work. When they begin to really grow and branch, you can always take cuttings and root those. Thumbs up
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