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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Gilgomez
Apr 1, 2017 2:12 PM CST
Hello there plumeria fans! I'm a total newbie to these lovely flowering trees and have recently gone nuts and purchased some "rooted" cuttings via eBay.
I literally stuck these bare pieces into a well drained dirt mix in pots and a planter and sat them out in the sunshine hoping some live and thrive. So far nothing and it's been two weeks.
I never thought to use a rooting hormone on the base before sticking them into the soil so I hope at least a couple start to grow.

Let me attempt to attach some pictures for your expert eyes πŸ‘€ and your suggestions. I hope I can upload a few pics to this posting so you get the full scope of my experiment. Crossing Fingers!

I'm in Port St Lucie, FL and it's considered 9b.
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Region: Florida Tropicals Orchids Birds
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Gilgomez
Apr 1, 2017 2:14 PM CST
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This is the first one stuck in a planter, it's a mini white I think.
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Gilgomez
Apr 1, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Here are a couple more also just stuck in the dirt in pots, sitting out in the sunshine.
Boy I feel like I have totally set these up for sure death?!

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2017 2:24 PM CST
They look good to me but I am not one of the experts on here. But I see not rotting. It can take many, many weeks to root. Do not water during this time to prevent rotting of the cutting. Water when you see the first set of leaves. Is it in the same pot as the bougainvillea? If so you need to separate them as the bougainvillea will need water long before the cutting does.

Wondering, you said you were sold "Rooted" cuttings. Were there any roots at all when you received them? If you get really curious, you can tug gently on the cutting to feel for any resistance. But new roots are really fragile and any pulling might break the off.
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Region: Florida Tropicals Orchids Birds
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Gilgomez
Apr 1, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Hello! It looked like some weird stuff at the base, really no clue. They are out in the open in really well drained pots and only have received occasional rain water. I use non degrading packing peanuts in those pots to keep them light enough for moving and to help drain.

I hope some of these come to life but so far it's been a cool science experiment. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜ŽπŸŒΈ
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2017 4:02 PM CST
I too apparently misunderstood your T-Mail, Gilda. If these were sold as rooted cuttings, then there should have been roots when you "planted" them. If you know they were rooted, you can begin to water lightly. I am now even starting to fertilize my potted cuttings (rooted during the fall and winter months) with half strength 20-20-20. You are a full zone more "tropical" than I am, so you can do things even earlier than I.

A lot depends on where these cuttings were being grown though. Some of the cuttings that I took in the early fall rooted over the fall and winter months. Because of dormancy, even though those rooted cuttings were potted, there won't be much root growth. That's why I typically won't sell my plumeria until spring. Sometimes people want to purchase them regardless, knowing I won't ship until around mid-April. Just giving them a few weeks of being outdoors in full sun stimulates nice root growth and leaf growth.

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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Gilgomez
Apr 1, 2017 4:11 PM CST
I ordered from a seller in Hawaii so I'm hoping we are very similar in zone with them.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 1, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Hawaii is more likely to be tropical where you are sub-tropical. But at least knowing they came from Hawaii tells me that they could have been nicely rooted. Without photos of those rooted ends, there is no way to tell though.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Apr 1, 2017 6:27 PM CST

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Many of my plumeria (zone 10a) are still dormant; I would guess that you are a few weeks behind us in your zone so I would just exercise some patience. As long as they are firm, they should be fine.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 1, 2017 6:36 PM CST
Hello there! Yes, just be a little more patient. It really takes it sweet time. Typically if it were mine, I would position them not in full sun right away, but in part sun till I see new leaf coming about. Good luck and try to resist the urge to water. As already mentioned as long as it stays firm and no mushy part it should be okay. Smiling
Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Region: Florida Tropicals Orchids Birds
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Gilgomez
Apr 2, 2017 7:07 AM CST
All the cuttings are nice and firm and have good healthy color. No sunburn!

Today it's expected to be 87! Wow summer has arrived!!

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Name: James
Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a)
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JamesAcclaims
Apr 2, 2017 7:17 AM CST
They all look nice and healthy in the pics. Now, it's just a waiting game. Let your beautiful 9b weather do the work for you Thumbs up
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 2, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Yep, it just takes a little time. The spring is when plumeria wake up (at least up here in Mississippi) and when they do, they really take off.
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Gilgomez
Apr 8, 2017 5:47 AM CST
Hello everyone! I have signs of life!!!!!


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Name: James
Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a)
(Heat zone - 8, Sunset zone - 28)
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JamesAcclaims
Apr 8, 2017 6:06 AM CST
Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 8, 2017 11:47 AM CST
You sure do, @Gilgomez. Thumbs up
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Looking good! Enjoy your plumerias!
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Region: Florida Tropicals Orchids Birds
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Gilgomez
Apr 8, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Oh boy, another tiny leaf!!! This one is different, can't read the penciled name on the tag so sorry...but leaf definitely has a bit of reddish to it. Check it out!

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2017 4:47 PM CST
You'll have leaves and blooms pretty soon. Enjoy!
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Name: Gilgomez
Port St Lucie, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Gilgomez
Apr 21, 2017 5:24 AM CST
Good morning friends and plumeria gurus! My "sticks" are growing and wanted to share the progress. These pics were taken last week.
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