I have several over 6 ft now,that have long stems,and the plant is in the 6 to 8ft range.
I can hardly get a picture,I have to hold the camera over my head and just shoot!!!!
So If I can't see the flowers I can't smell them either.
Most of the plants have 3 growing points,on single stems of over 4ft or more,so if I make the cut halfway up the 4ft stem,how difficult getting 2 ft or more stem with 3 or more growing points to root?
Some of been in flower since Xmas ,they just keep putting out the flowers.
I don't want to cut if flowering ,but then again if I don't I won't have the summer warmth for the cuttings to root!
What say you,on what to do?
Cut away, my friend. The two-foot three-branched cuttings will root fairly quickly. Remove all the leaves but not the inflo's in my opinion. The yellow/whites seem to root really fast for me this time of year. The other two-foot cuttings may seem like they are taking longer to root because they will have to push out branches once rooted. If you decide to wait, you could root them on a heating pad in the greenhouse this winter. I don't think you will experience rot with that one.
I have the heating pad,so I will wait,don't want to lose the flowers!!!
Do you find when you prune like that,the plant takes longer to start blooming again,after all it will send out new branches first,then they will have to grow somewhat before they flower?
Hi Don, yeah, most people prune la third or half of the branches at a time so they don't lose flowers. The center cuts that will have to send out branches after they root will probably skip blooming the following season and just put on growth. The cuttings that root this winter could easily bloom for you the following season, especially if it is a reliable bloomer anyway. The yellow/white that I have pictured is a reliable bloomer for me and blooms every year no matter what.
I have a plumeria friend that told me that his mom has 30-year-old tree that she hacks mercilessly back to the ground every year. This keeps the branches and flowers low to the ground where she can smell them, and she gives the cuttings away. I love it.
It's a tough thing to do -- no doubt. I may waiver when and if I ever have to do it. They are truly resilient trees though. Many people in the hurricane-hit areas were left with only stumps after a tough season, and the trees came back fine. Here's a good link about pruning: http://www.theplumeriasociety.org/spps/ahpg.cfm?spgid=26