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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 12:36 PM CST
My oldest plumeria, a noid red/pink cultivar has it's first ever seed pod. I've had it for over 7 years and this is the first time I've ever seen a seed pod developing. Sadly it will probably fall off since I'll be bringing it indoors later this month to force it into dormancy.


Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 12:38 PM CST
Here's a picture of the plant which started blooming in June and is just now finishing blooming.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 12:42 PM CST
That's a lovely one, Cameron! Congrats on the seed pod forming. Do you have enough light to let it keep on growing indoors for a while to let the pod mature?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Thanks Karen! Sadly my other houseplants are in front of my sunniest windows. For years I've been putting the dormant plumerias in my bedroom which only has a small north facing window and it's shaded by cedars. I have a couple of small plant lights that I could possibly hookup to see if they'll provide enough light?
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Yes, if you can get any plant lights shining on them it would help. I'd be so tempted to keep it going until the seeds ripened. Do you have any friends with a greenhouse?
Winter does get crowded inside by the windows! I normally just have them in the living room, but this year I have them in the guest rooms too. My greenhouse is just too small for everything I want.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 1:36 PM CST
I definitely want the seed pod to ripen because I've always enjoyed growing plumerias from seed. Sadly I sold a majority of my seedlings because I had over a 100 at one time lol. I wish I knew of someone nearby with a greenhouse. A majority of my plants are crowded in front of two south facing windows so my dining room and spare bedroom look like a jungle. I keep telling my family I really need to downsize. Rolling on the floor laughing They just roll their eyes when I'm hauling everything in for winter.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Ha, we sound alike! I get the eye rolls all the time about my jungle! It's so much fun, though. I get so much enjoyment out of my plants so that some overcrowding in winter is fine with me. I know I could un-pot the plumerias and brugmansias and keep them bare root all winter, but I don't have a great place to keep them like that. I stored some things last winter out in my garage, and a few things froze and didn't make it.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 1:45 PM CST
I love my house plants and my family thinks I treat my plants better than them. Rolling on the floor laughing I also get the eye roll when I'm looking in the houseplant section at garden centers lol. I think I tried the barefoot method with my oldest plumeria but I put it in a pot after a few days because I was worried about it. Since I don't have a garage I asked a friend if I could store some plants in her garage but a majority froze. Sad
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 1:58 PM CST
I suggested a heater for our garage, but got the exasperated eye roll over that suggestion. I do heat the greenhouse to 60 during the winter so I can have my more tropical plants survive. I have plumeria, hibiscus, Crossandra, Adenium, lots of bromeliads, crown of thorns, begonias, geraniums and the list goes on! I try to keep a space in the center for 2 chairs so we can go sit in there during the winter with our coffee or wine. It's wonderful when it's snowy outside.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 2:04 PM CST
I just remembered I have crotons too. I loved the photo of your large croton. Do you keep it inside in winter?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 3:53 PM CST
I wish I had a heated greenhouse, my plants would love that. Wow you have a lot of variety with your tropicals! I grow the common houseplants, plus amaryllis, epiphyllums, succulents, hoyas, and a couple of tree seedlings lol. I bet it's so nice to sit in your greenhouse drinking coffee or wine. I can't enjoy my houseplants when they're outside due to mosquitos. Thumbs down But they're nice when they're indoors. I have to bring my large croton in, but I'm worried because it's gotten so big and I have less room now. It's one of my oldest houseplants. I've killed quite a few crotons in the past, but this one has survived for several years. Lovey dubby
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 4:06 PM CST
I used to have a lot of crotons when we lived in the Marshall Islands. They were outdoors all year, and so happy! Now I just have them in the greenhouse and if we ever get deer fencing up I'll be able to have them outside. Right now everything gets eaten by the deer and rabbits.

Maybe you could do a bit of pruning and then root the pieces of croton?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Wow that sounds like paradise. I've always wanted to live somewhere tropical or milder so I could keep my houseplants outside all year.

Thank goodness I don't have to worry about deer or rabbits, though I did see a rabbit earlier this summer that was drinking water from a condensation pipe. It was the first I'd seen in my yard in 15 years.

That's a great idea to prune and root the cuttings.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 5:24 PM CST
Yes, you can make your plant and it's footprint smaller, and have some new plants too. I try to make cuttings of most of my plants because I never know what I might lose. I do fight insects in the greenhouse.
We have lived many places during our years of marriage, and our favorite place was the Marshalls. A tropical climate is wonderful to experience. We lived there 12 years total, and I miss it very much.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 5, 2017 6:28 PM CST
I need to start cuttings of my houseplants. I could share a few with friends too. I hate having to fight insects, especially scale and mealies. I've only lived in North Texas lol. You're lucky to have experienced a tropical climate.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 5, 2017 8:20 PM CST
It is fun having cuttings to share with friends and relatives. I always have a lot of plants ready to give away. In the greenhouse I constantly have scale, mealies, whiteflies, and aphids. I thought it would be better than outside, but instead it's worse. I do keep vents open and fans moving the air, but the bugs all seem to love it.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 6, 2017 5:10 AM CST
I just wish I had more friends to share cuttings with lol. That's terrible that the pests in the greenhouse are worse than outside. I remember when I had a scale bug infestation on all my epiphyllums. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work, so finally after some hesitation, I threw all of them away. That was so upsetting. Grumbling
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 6, 2017 9:46 AM CST
I've had that happen too.I have had Hibiscus and Jade plants that just got too infested with mealies. Sometimes it's so bad they do have to be tossed. Once in a while it happens with a cacti. It can spread fast!

As for having more plant buddies, maybe you could find a local garden club? There is probably an agricultural extension office nearby. They would have info on plant groups and classes available. Master Gardeners are great resources if you can find one near you.

There are people on this site who are willing to share cuttings and seeds. I've gotten some wonderful new plants that way.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Butterflies Salvias Houseplants Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Oct 6, 2017 2:36 PM CST
I had the same thing happen to my Thanksgiving cacti. I had to throw those away too. It can definitely spread fast. I've been using some Bonide for houseplants to help prevent them too.
I'll definitely look into a garden club. Every once in awhile I'll contact the Collin County master gardeners for info. I'll send them an email to see if they know if any garden clubs in this area. I'd love to meet other gardeners.
There are nice people on here and I've gotten quite a few plants and seeds on here. I maybe testing my luck but I want to start an epiphyllum collection again.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 6, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Go for it. I'd like to do that too. I haven't had any since we left the islands. They grow too large for my greenhouse, so they'd have to be outdoors summers and go inside in winter. I do love their flowers!
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