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Garden Grove, CA
Aug 4, 2017 11:12 AM CST
I'm growing a Plumeria from a cutting. It's doing well and new bloom spikes are appearing. Do I trim off the old spent bloom spike?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Aug 4, 2017 12:39 PM CST
It will fall off on it's own, and hopefully start branching there.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Aug 4, 2017 2:31 PM CST
I've never trimmed them, and most times they do make branches. Enjoy yours!
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Aug 6, 2017 10:27 AM CST
Hello Everyone, so I bought this Plumeria Cutting at Epcot during the flower and garden festival, and it doesn't seem to be growing recently. The buds on top have unfurled and gotten much bigger but they haven't changed for maybe 3 weeks. They're a dark purple, almost black color, but they're still flexible and plump. It should have taken root by now but still feels very loose in the soil. I'm not sure what's wrong? More info below

I bought it the last week of May and planted it the first week in June. It's planted in cactus mix potting soil, with some gravel in the bottom.

It gets about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight a day, when it's not raining, in temperatures of about 70-90 F. Per what the seller told me, I've watered it twice, once 3 weeks after planting, and once 2 weeks following that, both times with just half a cup of water.

Is there something wrong with it or my care of it? Does it have black fungus, or another disease? Any ideas?

Thanks in Advance!!

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 6, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Hi and welcome. How about a picture of the leaves? I think maybe your potting mix might be drying out too fast for the plant. Plumeria do fine in regular potting mix. Cactus mix drains and dries very fast, and for a new cutting trying to make roots might be too dry a lot of the time.

Maybe gently turn it on its side and slide the root ball out of the pot. See how much root development you've got. Post a picture if you can. IF there aren't many roots, replace the potting mix with regular good quality potting soil (don't ever use "Moisture Control" in humid climates) and keep it evenly moist. I'd also keep it in the shade until you see some new growth on top, then gradually move it out towards the sun again.

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