Plumeria forum: Droopy...not the dwarf either!

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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Jun 29, 2016 3:23 PM CST
OK this plumeria of mine seems to do this once every year or two...and I can't figure it out.
This plumie is about 20 years old, it's as tall as my house, was in full bloom not long ago and had now gotten all droopy, and not every branch....

A month or two ago:
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 29, 2016 4:02 PM CST
Aww, maybe it is thirsty?? Some of my upright growing succulents did that, not a Plumeria though and are planted in containers and a thorough deep watering perked them up.

It is into summer, and maybe it wants more water now. But you got better humidity and rainfall than we do here when it is just bone dry.

Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Jun 29, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Actually Tarev, I have often thought is was the exact opposite of what you suggest...too much water, as I can ALMOST put it after big storms or el nino, or days of rain....

And they never 'perk' back up...the new growth will turn toward the sky, but the branches never stand straight up again!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 29, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Perhaps a 20 yr. old plumeria is equivalent to a 75 year old person. You know gravity and all. Whistling I don't have a clue, Patty.

None of my plants have ever done that and I have some that are over 20 yrs. old. Of course, my plants aren't as tall as a house, with 10' branches carrying loads of huge leaves. It is hard for me to imagine, in Fl, with its sandy soil, being able to water too much. I have to water my plumeria practically every day and I can guarantee you, I could water them twice as much and twice as often, and they would love it. I can actually tell when my blooming plants are asking for water. This time of year, they are often asking. Sighing!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 29, 2016 8:43 PM CST
Can't say too much water either for it Patty, I have seen them grow in my old homeland, we get over 22 typhoons there and gets flooded..they don't go like that as far as I can remember. Well broken branches maybe due to the very strong winds, but not droopy.

Hope it perks up again, but I would surely try giving it more water, your plant is much more mature and fully leafed, it can certainly take it.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jun 30, 2016 3:04 AM CST

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It is a combination of a lot of water and the heavy leaves. I have one or two that I had to stake up this week too. I would cut some of the leaves off.
Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Jun 30, 2016 7:04 AM CST
Funny, Ken...age & gravity! You're a hoot! Hilarious! Thanks, Hetty. I was hoping you would weigh-in on this since we are in the same climate (and you're the resident expert!).

It does make for an interesting shaped tree! Maybe I should just cut it back to a reasonable height...??? Shrug! Anyone want clippings? It doesn't have a name but it does have a delicious fragrance and blooms faithfully!
Name: Stewart
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PlantMania
Jun 30, 2016 7:13 AM CST
Clippings!!! We have to talk Rolling on the floor laughing My DW may kick me but how much do you think shipping would be?

We are planning on moving to where we have land, but even with all the new plants that we have been getting our son looked at us the other day and said, "You do know that when you move, you still have to have an open place to live. Big Grin
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Jun 30, 2016 8:41 AM CST
I have absolutely no idea how much it would cost to ship....guess it would depend on size & weight...???
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drdawg
Jun 30, 2016 8:48 AM CST
The size is not the problem, only the weight. I have T-Mailed you Patty and am about to T-Mail you again. Head's up!
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Nov 12, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Here's an update on Droopy....new growth turned skyward...it has dropped almost all of it's leaves...and 2 tips have decided to try blooming!

Stewart & Ken, I promise of of these days I will get to sending you clippings...would you rather it be "soon" or spring??


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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Nov 12, 2016 9:24 AM CST
Spring Spring Spring for me Drooling
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Nov 12, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Hilarious! Ok, Stewart!

I have a hunch Ken will feel the same way!

Though it DOES usually bloom in the spring before it puts out any leaves....and I would hate to have to cut it while it's trying to bloom...
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 12, 2016 10:29 AM CST

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Is that a yellow? Because some of the Aztec Golds will have that droopy habit.
I would personally not do cuttings at this time of year. They have a much better chance of rooting in the early spring.
Name: Patty
Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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SarasotaPatty
Nov 12, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Yes, Hetty, it is a noid yellow....you can see it in bloom at the top of the page, and here's a close-up of the flower.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 12, 2016 5:26 PM CST
We would best do this in the early spring. Let me know before doing anything and we'll see about a trade.
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