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Mar 1, 2011 7:42 PM CST
|I ran into Hetty on the Plant ID Cubit and luckily too as I was looking for someone/where to ask Plumeria Questions.|
A few of you I've met before but....
I'm Ric and a Tropical Plantaholic in Cincinnati.
Currently specializing in Aroids (Elephant Ears, Philodendron, Monstera, etc.), Tropical water plant gardening, Succulents and to a much smaller extent these days Bromeliads.
I do a fair selection of Brugs and have had Plumes before..
I grew them years ago w/ little success though.
My neighbor has gotten me back into them w/ an acquisition of a Plumeria from Jeremy in JAX.
Known on Dave's as JaxFlaGardener.
He broke off some limbs and gave them to my neighbors.
One has survived but not thrived and certainly hasn't bloomed.
So I am giving him some help and gathering info on them.
I overwintered the tree (3' tall 3 branches) at work in a Southwest facing glassed area.
Kept it bone dry all winter and about 5 weeks ago moved it to pure South facing.
I noticed the sap rising and watered deeply one a week.
Two weeks ago I gave it a light feeding w/ a 20/20/20.
It is now just starting to leaf on all three branches.
Can cuttings be taken now?
I'm fairly good w/ succulent cuttings so that part doesn't bother me.
Will that interfere w/ bloom development?
What rooting medium do you suggest?
Do you all trade cuttings?
I'll have more questions as the season progresses and they get outside.
Thanks for any help,
Mar 1, 2011 7:50 PM CST
|Hi Ric, good to see you here.|
This is indeed the best time to root cuttings so yes, go ahead and take them. I personally will root in pure perlite or a mix heavy on the perlite.
Be sure to let your cutting callous (I usually leave them for about a week) before planting and do not water until you see leaves develop. Bottom heat is most beneficial.
If your cutting was starting to show an inflorescence this will most likely continue to develop on your rooting stick.
Always happy to trade cuttings by the way!
Mar 12, 2011 9:44 AM CST
|Well the Plume is leafing out well.|
AND we have flower buds forming!
First time for this plant!
Mar 12, 2011 9:49 AM CST
|Great news!! Can you show a picture sometime?|
Mar 12, 2011 10:05 AM CST
|I'll take the camera in next week and get a few shots.|
May 2, 2011 6:50 PM CST
We FINALLY have a Bloom....well actually LOTS of blooms.
Any thoughts on an ID?
May 3, 2011 3:33 AM CST
|I have an idea, but can you sniff it for me? The scent will confirm...|
May 3, 2011 4:14 AM CST
|Whoops forgot to put that down.|
Here's a not very good back shot and other blossom.
May 3, 2011 4:35 AM CST
|They should all be fragrant, just a matter of what scent. I am thinking it could be a variety called 'Lemon Chiffon' which should smell of sweet lemons. A picture of a leaf would help too.|
You may experience a somewhat faded color due to lack of intensity of your light. So a firm ID is hard to make...
May 3, 2011 5:50 AM CST
|The bnlooms look great, all mine have new leaves but no sign of blooms this year yet, maybe too early.|
May 3, 2011 2:17 PM CST
|More of a Lily/Valeria smell than citrus.|
I'll get some foliage shots tomorrow.