Plumeria forum: Do I let this grow or cut it?

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Tcrosswhite
Jun 11, 2017 9:10 AM CST
I am fairly new to growing Plumerias and need some advice. One of my plants had an inflo start and instead of a bloom, I got another branch. I'm afraid the thinness of the inflo will not maintain the branch. Any advice would be welcomed.
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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Jun 11, 2017 9:18 AM CST
I have never seen that happen. I would think that if it is doing it, it did it on purpose and the inflo will expand and become a branch, but I honestly have no idea. Maybe it's a random mutation Shrug! . Hopefully someone else can be of more help. If it were mine, I would leave it just for the 'experiment'.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 11, 2017 9:27 AM CST
I've never seen one do that. @drdawg may have some ideas on how to handle this. He grows a lot of plumerias.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 11, 2017 1:25 PM CST
That's not unusual to see, @Tcrosswhite, @JamesAcclaims, and @plantmanager. I can't tell you the "why" though. Here are four different plants that I photographed (the last three just photographed). I apologise for the photography. The plants were stuck in the middle of a bunch of plants, and I could not get close and leaves blocked angles.

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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
Jun 11, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Wow. More common than I would have thought.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Jun 11, 2017 1:42 PM CST
I guess when you have as many plants as I do, and for so long, you see lots of strange things. I wish I knew why an inflo. stem becomes a vegetative stem. Perhaps someone will know.
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Brenorangecountyca
Jun 11, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Two years ago one of my inflos turned into a branch. I thought it would grow into a normal size branch but it never grew into a strong branch. It always had that thin smooth inflo shape to it. The top 4-5 inches kept growing longer and thicker just like any branch would but it would always be connected to that weak inflo branch. So I cut it off. Since your inflo/new branch is so long! I would just get rid of it.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 12, 2017 6:15 PM CST

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I never cut those off. They seem to thicken and strengthen with age.
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drdawg
Jun 12, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Still don't know why they grow, but like Hetty, I have never cut one off.
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Brenorangecountyca
Jun 23, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Hetty, please show me a pic of what the inflo stem looks like after it's gotten larger and older. I'm very curious to see how big it gets. Thanks

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