Plumeria forum: Plumeria seeds

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
May 27, 2017 4:57 PM CST
I just harvested my first seeds from MM's Soft Pink. Hurray! I don't know who the pollen donor was. I had probably a dozen varieties in bloom while the Soft Pink was blooming.

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Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
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JamesAcclaims
May 28, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Hurray! first seeds are exciting! I can't wait to see/find out what they grow up to be! Thumbs up
I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 28, 2017 10:30 AM CST
I will ship your seeds out on Tuesday, James. Thumbs up
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Whittier, Ca (Zone 10a)
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SeedsRUsEtsy
Jun 3, 2017 3:29 AM CST
I have been told it takes 7 to 10 years for the first inflow. Is that true Ken? I have seedlings over 5 years old and although they look robust still no inflos. I just signed up here and I love the subject matter of this forum. I am looking forward to sourcing some products from you Ken. Your website is my next stop.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jun 3, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Welcome! @SeedsRUsEtsy

I have read numerous estimates for first-time blooming for seedlings, and the average estimate is around 5 yr. I can only tell you of my limited experience in growing plumeria from seeds, since that experience is only a span of 3 1/2 yr.

The first seedling I had bloom was my Kathryn's Fuchsia Fantasy. She had inflo. at 14 mo., was in bloom at 15 mo., and grew seed-pods at 17 mo. Plumeria experts have all said that this is an exceptional plant. At 20 mo., I had my second seedling bloom, my DD's Delight. These were single plants from two different seed-pod parents.

As I said, my seedlings are only 3.5 yr. old and there are only six of them. Two of them are those two mentioned above and the other four all have Slaughter Pink as their seed-pod parent. Two of those four now have inflo., so they'll soon be in bloom. That's their first blooming. These four are all labeled "January, 2014", which is when they were germinated. When each of these four bloom (and the blooms should all be different), I will name them.

Beginning last summer, I have taken a lot of cuttings from those seedlings, and in doing so, I have greatly reduced the chances for blooming. I rooted around 24 seedling cuttings last summer/fall/winter, and one of those rooted seedling cuttings bloomed in April, 2017. I have sold 8 of those rooted cuttings this spring, so I have no way of knowing whether any of them have bloomed.

I have two varieties of seeds, one from my MM's Soft Pink and one from my MM's Compact Pinwheel. They are both priced at $5.00 per dozen seeds. I began to germinate 10 seeds from the Soft Pink, 5 days ago, and I have already gotten 7 that have germinated. It is best to have fresh seeds. nodding I will have more seeds from a Celadine and perhaps one other variety in a week or two.


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drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Whittier, Ca (Zone 10a)
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SeedsRUsEtsy
Jun 3, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Wow your Plumeria flowered rather quickly. I have germinated dozens and all are in the 3-7 year range. I hope I can get some inflows this summer. MY Mardi Gras babies are about 3 foot tall with thick trunks but still no inflos. Thank You!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jun 3, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Some varieties simply bloom early, some bloom more frequently, and some have that unique combination. It is all genetics. I try to only grow those that bloom well. I simply can't imagine growing plumeria that don't bloom or that take 7 or more years to bloom. I have only around 20 varieties, but in the early spring, I had over 100 potted plants. With so many, I can be picky.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
Container Gardener Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Garden Procrastinator Garden Photography
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JamesAcclaims
Jun 3, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Got my seeds today, Ken! Hurray!
I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jun 3, 2017 12:42 PM CST
James, I bagged up 10 seeds of the MM's Soft Pink, and in 5 days, 7 of them germinated. Nothing like super-fresh seeds. nodding I'm hoping to see some of that "magic" that I saw with the K's F. F. and DD's Delight. I know that is a lot to hope for, but those two spoiled me for life. Crossing Fingers!
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
http://www.tropicalplantsandmo...
I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
Container Gardener Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Garden Procrastinator Garden Photography
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JamesAcclaims
Jun 3, 2017 1:02 PM CST
We can hope! I've never grown seedlings before this year, so maybe I'll have beginners luck. I have had really good luck with cuttings blooming, and with the seed pods from my princess pink (NOID), so maybe my plumeria luck will continue Crossing Fingers!
I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jun 3, 2017 4:11 PM CST
I moved a half dozen of those Princess Pink seedlings out onto the patio, stationed under a wicker bench. They replaced some Adenium seedlings that are now in 1 gal. pots and in full sun until about 2 PM, when the sun comes through two panels of the solarium glass. Those Plumeria seedlings will get a smidgen of sun, but always filtered by the wicker. Mainly they'll just get fresh air, bright light, and rain. They are growing some and so far are looking good.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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I don't have gray hair, I have wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.

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