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Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 12, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I was given a cutting from Hawaii that had instructions to root it in water. It has been in about an inch of water which I change daily since February. No roots,
but first a beautiful flowering, and now leaves are forming. I am afraid I will lose
it if I don't plant it in cactus medium soon because there are NO ROOTS at all and yet I'm afraid it will rot if I plant it. ( a couple of others from a mainland source
have rotted) I would really like some advice. Thank you!
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Baja_Costero
Jun 12, 2017 11:34 AM CST
I start my plumeria cuttings directly on top of soil, not buried deeply. I would move the cutting to soil, and find a way (maybe a couple of rocks) to keep it upright. Make sure the mix has good drainage (a cactus mix with rocks would be good), provide strong light (a couple of hours of sun outdoors, minimum). The stem will not rot if it is on top of the soil, and the roots should not rot if you use a rocky mix, provide strong light, and wait a few days after watering to water again. If your plant is leafing out before rooting, it's clearly eager to survive, and should come out of this just fine. Smiling
Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 12, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Thank you ever so much!
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tarev
Jun 12, 2017 11:06 PM CST
Hello margaretKevorkian, just be mindful of our incoming heatwave this weekend. Our intensely dry central valley heat is really stressful for cuttings, especially those that are not ready to receive stepped up watering. So when you have planted your cutting in a well draining media with lots of pumice, water it once very well and position it in part sun/shade, to help the plant survive the heat stress. I am not sure if the roots it currently has will survive once planted, sometimes, it may just dry off. You can resume watering again, if at least one of those leaf claws successfully grows and opens up. Till then, leave it alone, and just got to be very patient with it till it manages to form the leaves which will mean stable roots have formed.

Also, at times you may have to cut off the bloomstalk, so the cutting concentrates more on active root formation.

Good luck, hope your cutting grows well later!
Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 13, 2017 12:03 AM CST
Thank you, Tarev.
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tarev
Jun 13, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Do visit too our Plumeria forum, lots of threads there to read through, with our varying growing areas and challenges, there is a lot to learn and understand.

At least we still have a few more days here of bearable temps before our sizzling heat comes around. Keep us posted later how it goes! Happy growing!
Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 27, 2017 2:47 PM CST
I will plant the cutting today, but I think I will keep ot indoors for awhile, since
that is where it has been all along. I will be crushed if it does not make it!

wish I could send you pictures of the flowering ( it is budding out again)
because the flowers were so beautiful !
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tarev
Jun 27, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Those are pretty blooms! I wish you luck, hope it does manage to root.
Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 27, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Thank you, Tarev. I bought some Spanish moss, and sand to aerate the planter mix a little. Not sure what to do with the moss, I read somewhere
that you can wrap the cutting in moss and keep it in a plastic bag. but can't
find it now.
Margaret
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tarev
Jun 27, 2017 5:10 PM CST
Hmm, I never use spanish moss for plumerias, those roots wants moisture but has to dry fast, hates sitting too wet.
Fresno, California
margaretKevorkian
Jun 27, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Thank you, Tarev. I appreciate your advice!
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ctcarol
Jun 27, 2017 8:42 PM CST
The moss you read about may have been sphagnum moss. I've never heard of using that to root plumeria cuttings either.

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