Plumeria forum: Planting cuttings in the uk

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Surrey, England.
Oct 8, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Hi all,

I have been trying to root my plumeria cuttings with little success in the Southern U.K. out of about 8 cuttings I have only one with roots and all the others have suffered from rot despite best efforts. 🙁

Along with my 1 rooted plumeria I had one that had new leaves and I hoped was looking to root. Unfortunately I have found today it has rotted, but luckily I’ve managed to catch it before the rot has got to far. So now my dilemma is should I put this into soil to try and root or do I need to wait until light and heat levels rise next year. Obviously it’s now October and average temeperature around here is about 15c.

Any advice would be really welcomed as I really wanted to have a 2nd plant.

Thank you.
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Oct 10, 2017 6:35 PM CST


Welcome! Minnie72

You are of course already aware that you are dealing with a tropical plant in a non-tropical environment. You will have to try and give it as close to a tropical environment as you can.
Make sure the cutting is dry, and well calloused before attempting to root.
Root preferably in pure perlite, give it bottom heat (some people put it on top of the dryer etc.) and DO NOT WATER until you see leaves.
It's difficult to root in the winter since the natural inclination of the plant is to go dormant. But since this is a cutting that has already been around a while I would not chance leaving it until spring.

Good luck!!

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