cold damage

Larsen, WI(Zone 5a)

Is there anything I can do to save a Princess Victoria plumeria were the main growing tip got damaged from cold temps?

Please let me know if I can cut the tip off were it might possibly branch out when it get warmer. I grew it from seed, thats the reason why I want to save it....

Inform me please if you can!

Thanx guys & Ladies
BARRY

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9b)

It is possible. I have done it personally. Cutting the tip off is exactly what I did. Just be sure to cut off all the damaged stem.

I never paid attention to where the new growth came from. Maybe someone else can say. Can the stem be pruned at a certain point to ensure the new growth to be on the outside? The way a Rose can be pruned above a leaf on the outside so the new growth comes from the leaf base just below the cut, keeping an open growing plant.

I know I've gone a bit off topic. Just something I was thinking.

David

Larsen, WI(Zone 5a)

Well thank you David!! So your saying that you've tried this on Plumeria before?

Barry

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9b)

yep. Two tips on one plant froze three years ago. They both only grew a single branch from the point of the cut. Pretty much pointing the same direction as the original stem, just offset a little. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in. Sorry about the confusion with the roses. Good Luck!

David

Larsen, WI(Zone 5a)

Question for you daves_not_here.... I used a very sharp knife to cut off what I thought was the damaged part of my plumy and should I see pure white stem after the cut or can it have a cream color to it?

let me know please....

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9b)

I don't know if it will be pure white. I believe the important thing is that the stem is firm. Though you should see some white sap drip from the wound. If there was no sap then there is still damaged tissue. Does the rest of the stem look healthy? Are you able to post a couple pics? Some of the stem and of the cut end.

Larsen, WI(Zone 5a)

See this Plumy is down the road at my Parents house, but I can head over to take a couple pics....

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