Plumeria forum: Buds dropping

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jun 30, 2015 10:08 AM CST
This is a question my next-yard neighbor, Peggy, has and I told her there were very smart plummie peeps here that could probably answer it.................

She has a very nice plumeria, probably at least 3 feet tall and several branches. She FINALLY has a bloom, but has been noticing that other "blooms" seem to be drying up and falling off. Anybody know what the problem might be? The plant is in good heath, and I don't think she is under-over watering. If it would help, I could go take a couple of pix of it if you want.

Thanks.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2015 10:36 AM CST

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Noticing that you're in Wisconsin, my guess is abrupt temperature changes? Or if she has it inside, the air may be too dry?
It must be heartbreaking to wait for blooms then watch them all drop before opening. I know, I've been there....
A picture is worth a thousand words, Anna, so if it's not too much trouble....
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jun 30, 2015 1:16 PM CST
It has been outside. I'll go get a pic. Or 2. Or 3..............
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 30, 2015 1:24 PM CST
I too would expect it is related to temperature variations, particularly cool temperatures and perhaps the lack of enough hours of sunlight. I have had this happen in the spring when a cold front moves though and it is cloudy for several days with lows in the upper 50's and lower 60's.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jun 30, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Here are the photos.................Sorry the one isn't too clear.


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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jun 30, 2015 1:41 PM CST
Is this the Celadine? It looks like there will still be lots of flowers to come.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2015 1:49 PM CST

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I suspect there is an infestation of some kind, notice how the two yellow buds are kind of twisted? And in the second picture it is clear to see the small buds have a darkening at their base. Maybe spider mites Confused I would suggest she spray it with a mild insecticide or miticide. Always spray in the evening.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jun 30, 2015 1:59 PM CST
Darn it, I didn't think to check for "livestock".

Ken, yes, I think it is "Celadine". It looks like it will have lots of blooms, but Peg said that all of a sudden they just dry up and fall off. We'll see what happens. I might go up later and look for bugs.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2015 2:54 PM CST

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If it's mites you might want to bring a magnifying glass.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jul 1, 2015 6:56 PM CST
I don't think it has mites................I will tell Peg that perhaps the temp changes were enough to cause the drop.

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