Plumeria forum: oak leafed shape plumeria

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nashgirl
Jan 16, 2018 11:53 AM CST
Help me find the variety of plumeria I have.

The leaves are notched like oak tree leaves.
Beautiful white flowers from Spring to early Winter.
They have reached a height of 5 feet and are in containers on sunny patio.

When should I propagate?
The leaves have just started to fall.
Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Jan 16, 2018 11:57 AM CST
Good afternoon and welcome! An Oak shaped leaf, i'm assuming is a Pudica. Please see link below for pictures and reference.

Plumeria (Plumeria pudica)

Edited to add: Forgot to touch base on the growth and propagation. If it is a pudica, they are evergreen or at least semi-evergreen in most of Florida. They may drop a few leaves, but probably won't lose all. It just depends on where in Florida you are located (of course, it has been a pretty chilly winter so far). Spring is going to be propagation time, once they wake back up and begin new growth. Are you going to take cuttings?
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nashgirl
Jan 16, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Thank you James.

This is my plant.

I have 5 plants in containers on my patio. How can I keep them bushy and not 5 feet tall?
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
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Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
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JamesAcclaims
Jan 16, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Plumeria are generally fairly slow growing trees. The pudica tends to be more "bushy" but is still a tree. The plant will branch after flowering and after pruning. Like most plants, the best way to get a preferred shape is planned pruning. Lower trimming should induce lower branching, which will then create a more "full" appearance. It will just take time and planning to get the desired shape and bushy effect.
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Florida
nashgirl
Jan 17, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Thank you again.

Should I take cuttings now or in the Spring?
Also, tonight we are expecting a cold snap. Not freezing, but in the mid to high 30's.
Should they be covered or brought inside?
Name: Tim
Fresno, California (Zone 9b)
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Bigfoot312
Jan 17, 2018 9:57 AM CST
nashgirl said:Thank you again.

Should I take cuttings now or in the Spring?
Also, tonight we are expecting a cold snap. Not freezing, but in the mid to high 30's.
Should they be covered or brought inside?


I would recommend it. Plumerias seem to be pretty intolerant of cold. Mine started dropping leaves at 50s
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
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JamesAcclaims
Jan 17, 2018 10:08 AM CST
If there is a chance of frost or freezing temps then it is best to protect them or bring them indoors, if you can. They are tropical plants and therefore do not do well in freezing temps, especially in pots.

For the cuttings, Spring is definitely preferable, once the plant is out of dormancy and is actively growing.
I am not an early bird or a night owl--I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon
Florida
nashgirl
Jan 17, 2018 10:21 AM CST
Thank you for your prompt answers.

Too big and heavy to bring inside.
Covering is the way I will go.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 19, 2018 7:38 PM CST

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I prune my pudicas heavily in early spring and they fill out nicely, and quickly. I use these as hedges!
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Picture was taken some years ago. This hedge is now 7 ft tall (by design)

Florida
nashgirl
Jan 20, 2018 9:31 AM CST
Thank you.

Your plant is beautiful.
Can't wait for Spring to start pruning.
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plantmanager
Jan 20, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Your plant is beautiful, Hetty! I'm always drooling over pics of Florida plants outdoors.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 21, 2018 7:22 PM CST

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Thank You!

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