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I grow my plumerias in pots. Scott Pratt has been a slow grower for me. It is not as vigorous a grower as some other plants I have.
Personally, I like the fact that it is a slow grower since I have to move my plants into a greenhouse for the winter. When my plants get to big, I have to prune them in order to store them for the winter. My plant is at least four years old and is only about seven feet tall.
Mine is in a large pot also. It just wants to crawl rather than grow up. I had read, I think in Plant files, that it tends to do that. If I can ever get a straight enough branch, I'm going to start over and try to train it upright.
Jag, what lovely plumerias. I have only one branch with white flowers which is about 3 1/2 to 4 foot tall. I have been afraid to cut it for propagation, but would love to have more. Do you propagate your at a certain time of the year? Is there anything special I should do?
"Jag, what lovely plumerias. I have only one branch with white flowers which is about 3 1/2 to 4 foot tall. I have been afraid to cut it for propagation, but would love to have more. Do you propagate your at a certain time of the year? Is there anything special I should do?"
When I am taking a cutting from an existing plant that I value, I like to propagate it by air-layering. I haven't lost a cutting from air-layering.
I would wait and do it in the spring. The nice thing about air layering is that you will not have to cut the leaves off and when it roots, you just sever it from the plant and plant it with a minimum disruption in its growth.
[quote="plantsforpeg"]Mine is putting out buds right now. Please share your techniques for air layering with us. How long does it take. I am very anxious, but will settle for repotting now instead.[/quote]
1. Cut away two or three inches of the cambium layer. I use a vegetable peeler.
2. I use Glad Press 'n Seal to make a bag starting at the bottom of the cut. Crinkle it up at the bottom and tape it to secure it at the bottom. Seal the two sides to complete the bag. You might have to fold over the edges to seal it.
3. Fill the bag with damp potting soil and compress the Press 'n Seal to let out as much air as possible. Tape the top part. I take another sheet of Press 'n Seal and wrap the top and bottom again and tape the top and bottom. You do not want additional moisture to get in the bag.
Joe, thank you for taken the time to share that layering process. That's one of the most comprehensive step by step instruction I've seen. Many plumera's lovers (I myself included) will benefit from that information you've generously shared.
Joe - that was soooo helpful. Thank you. Should we wait for spring to do this? We put our Plumerias in the garage for winter...no water...and bring them out in the spring with a big drink and they have been happy. But they are so tall we cannot enjoy the flowers as much. We half bury the pot so our wind doesn't blow them over and I still can't see some flowers...grrrrrr. Thus, the air layering sounds wonderful. So when is the best time to do that?
1 - early spring, pots half buried
2 - yellow/white ones go crazy with flowers
3 - pinks finally come in July