Plumeria forum: Plumeria in February in the tropics

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Feb 11, 2012 3:36 PM CST
I have my plumeria on the roof. I live in a city of about a million people, considered the oldest continuously occupied city in North America. When the Spanish conquered it about 470 years ago, there had been a thriving Mayan city here for at least 500 years. They tore down the Mayan temples and used the stones to build their homes and the cathedral. I'm right in the center of the oldest part and I have a small garden surrounded by high stone walls so pretty much my only full sun is on the roof. I don't consider the roof as a place that has to look neat and presentable, it's my working and growing out area. It also has the gas tank, the water softener, pressure tanks and a clothesline - so you can tell that it isn't much to look at.

One of the plumeria is what I think is a species, it keeps its leaves and blooms all year but gets a little ratty looking in the winter. The others are some hybrid, multicolored and they lose most of their leaves in December and are just starting to regrow.

The only one that is still blooming.
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One of the multi-colored ones that still has some leaves and is putting out what looks like a new bloom stalk.

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This one has very few leaves but also a new bloom stalk and quite a few seed pods.

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New leaves and seed pods.

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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 11, 2012 6:43 PM CST

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Very nice! The white blooming plumeria could be a species although the leaves on the various species are usually different, these look pretty much like rubra leaves, so I'm venturing that it might be an interspecific cross. Is it very fragrant?
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
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extranjera
Feb 13, 2012 11:15 AM CST
It is fragrant but right now, when humidity is lower, it is not as fragrant as it is in the summer. I would need to go back upstairs and sniff it to come up with a description of the smell.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
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extranjera
Feb 16, 2012 4:22 PM CST
Funny, I thought I remembered that it had a fragrance. I checked the blooms this morning and I can't smell any fragrance at all. Could this be because the humidity is lower now? We're still at around 50% to 60%. Or, perhaps I'm remembering the smell from one of the other plumerias.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 16, 2012 4:23 PM CST

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It could be more or less fragrant depending on the time of day, too.
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
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jeri11
Feb 18, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Good morning ladies!!! We are getting drowned by a severe downpour. It's like the April rains have arrived here and Texas so badly needs it.

I'm off to plant 3 packets of plumeria seeds. Will let you know the the outcome.

Have a wonderful day!!!
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 18, 2012 10:54 AM CST

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Great Jeri!! Let us know how it goes.
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Feb 22, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Expecting an 'arctic ' winter like last year I potted all my plumerias and stored them in the garage. Today I noticed they are waking up so out they went. And what luck, we have a wonderful warm spring rain just now. I bet they love it Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 22, 2012 7:06 PM CST

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I bet they do too, that should wake them up properly!
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Feb 22, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Dont you know i potted up 16 new cuttings and had them out in the sun went to the dr and low and behold a nice drenching of water GRRR to much water for them!!! please make the sun come out tomorrow.......oh no im singing now!!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 22, 2012 7:18 PM CST

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Rain is fine as long as it's not COLD.

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