Hi, everyone! I was thinking that we should petition for a new forum on plumerias. I've been a member for less than two weeks and have had an overwhelming response from members who love plumerias, but either don't have a good place to post questions or advice related to growing and germinating plumerias in their climate. I believe a forum for plumerias would definately take off!
I've already met members from Texas, Canada, and Israel, who are growing these wonderful plants and would love to have a forum to post in.
Just a thought:)
Beautiful pictures Clare and Randy!! Mine are just now breaking dormancy...they're gonna go out tomorrow afternoon...a forum sure would get my plumerias and me excited!!
Where do you get your plumies from in Houston Randy? I'm originally from there and obtained (I think) all of mine, strangely enough, from Houston Garden Centers for I think $3 a piece. This is my 3rd growing season with them and am so excited about seeing blooms again. It's nice to find another Houston plumeria grower!
I don't have any Plumerias but they do look like something I should have. What a pretty flower they have. I would be interested in having a forum for the Plumerias.
art_n_garden, I love Houston Garden Centers. Whenever I go to visit my son in Sugar Land I have to go to HGC, and I have brought back a lot of there flowers to Kansas. Great place to go shopping. Only place we have like that would be Lowe's, or Home Depot. You can sometimes get great plants at Walmart. I do like to go to our local nurseries but they seem to be a little pricey, because of living in a small town, so can't really afford to much at them.
You know Linda, I do take for granted that I live in a large enough city that has a really good selection of tropical plants! I do remember when I was younger living in a small town and having like ONE nursery to go to or it was just Walmart.
art n garden, I almost bought some plumerias from HGC last summer, but I was afraid that I'd get just a plain ol' white one. I'm definately spoiled!! LOL:) Actually, most of my plumerias were purchased online from Hawaii. However, Teas Nursery has an excellent selection at fair prices. Their not cheap, but fair for the hybrids they carry.
Are you really taking your plumerias out? I guess I'm still fearful of those last minute cold fronts that show up when you least expect them to!!
Randy, many people over at GardenWeb and Maui are taking theirs out this early too, but I am like you and afraid to do so at this point for fear of losing leaves and inflos and possibly roots. Plus I have some really expensive cuttings which are rooting or just rooted, and I don't think they will like the 45-degree temps that we are still having at night. Some of these cost way too much to experiment with!
I tried Plumerias back in '99...the spider mites got the best of them...and over-wintering was a 'disaster'!
Haven't tried them since...I should! And if I do...would love to read about them specifically on a forum, if there's enough interest.
Randy...may I ask...which one do you have pictured? I love that color combination!
I agree, Clare. I spent WAY to much money last year on cuttings, fertilizer, and rooting hormone to have them damaged from cool temps. Here in Houston, we always have a late cold front that blows through every spring. I remeber a few years back we had a "freak" ice storm in early April!!! Lost a lot of plants to that one. I always wait until late April or first week of May, before I put everything out into the yard.
Hi, Nan. Don't let those nasty spider mites get you down!!! I've fought them almost all winter in my greenhouse. I lost about 90 or so plumeria seedlings. It was horrible, but I'll start over again. I always have a better outlook when summer arrives. I've never had a bad insect invasion oudoors. "Knock On Wood"!! I think mother nature takes care of those nasty bugs on her own.
I love that particular plumeria!!! It's called "Kimo" and I bought it already rooted several years ago at a local nursery. It never fails to bloom every year. The picture doesn't do it justice! It's more vibrant in person. The flowers are about 3" in diameter with a heavy texture. It has a sweet spicy fragrance. I simply love it!!!:)
Clare, thanks for the info. I know it sickened me about the seedlings!:( I noticed that the "Australian seedlings" were hardest hit and didn't survive long at all. The "Hawaiian seedlings" faired better. However, I lost my last "J.L. Hawiian Titanic" seedling a month ago. The "Japanese Lantern" seedlings bounced right back and acted as though nothing had happened! My "Singapore" seedlings faired well too, especially the "Obtusa" and "Bali Palace".
Sounds like you've got some nice seedlings there that survived. I have 42 seedlings -- all of unknown parentage. I had to count again today because I can never remember how many I have! Your Kimo is a beauty.
Thanks, Clare. I have a ton of "unknown" varieties. They held up really well too. I think I should have stopped last year at 42! LOL!!! I just became really addicted to germinating the seeds. I think I had around 280 plumie seedlings last September. My family thought I had lost my mind! LOL:) I told them it was "lost" several years ago.
LOL, and maybe that is why you are a Plumeriagod! It is very easy to become addicted to these plants. What is not to love? They are beautiful and fragrant and low-maintenance. I look forward to comparing photos of seedling blooms with you in a year or two. There is no telling what we might get! Some of these new hybrid beauties can fetch a nice price too -- to help support our habit, of course:-)
Exactly! What is not to love about plumerias? I would love to compare photos with you!!! Most of them I'm going to sell, but a few select one's I'm keeping. I'm always amazed how much a hybrid cutting will bring on ebay!!! I saw "Little's Mosaic" cutting sell for over $200.00!!! Way to expensive for my blood!
Clare, did you know that we have a "new" plumeria forum now? I can't remember if I saw you post over there are not.
That's funny that you've been to HGC Linda-- I agree, now that I'm up in Lubbock and my only choices are just like yours HD & Lowes I miss places like that too!
The three I have from there Randy- one is pink, one is deep red and the other has yet to bloom for me. I was really surprised that they came true to the tag! Ya know, actually I think I got the deep red one from Wolfe's before it went out of business. Teas- I love Teas...I always go there whenever I'm visiting in Houston.
I haven't put mine all the way outside just yet-- I pulled them out of the dark closet and put them in front of a window & started watering them (I keep them in pots year round) I'm just letting them yawn and stretch for spring! And it's funny you should mention FREAK winter storm. We had 4 inches of snow fall here 2 days ago...whaaat?? So I'm sure it's on its way down to Houston. Beware! :) Susanne
Count me in. I'm just a couple of years into them. I have a small lot. I started with a beutiful one in bloom -- a Teresa Wilder -- and a dry stick.
This is a photo of the Teresa Wilder last May. (It looks pretty grim right now, but with about a dozen bud clusters in various stages.)
The dry stick turned out to be a gorgeous white, and grew like a jack-in-the-beanstalk. It shattered two years ago, and I stuck the pieces back into the ground -- and they took like weeds! These are also budded.
Randy, thanks for the heads up! I'm a dummy. I didn't even notice. I'll go now and check it out.
Flyboy, your TW is awesome! I ordered one from Botanic Treasures and am still waiting for my order to arrive! I told my husband that he was buying me some awesome varieties of plumerias for Christmas, but I don't think I'm going to see my Christmas presents until June! I'm not worried because Milton is very reputable, but I am anxious to get my order soon. Warning about his site: the last time I visited, I dropped over $300! The gallery is awesome: http://www.botanictreasures.com/
This is what the TW looks like now. If you look closely you can see the bud heads. When I got it a couple of years ago, it was potted, and had only the three stems with three nubs and blossoms at each of their ends. It now has a couple of scions around the yard, just starting to push out leaves.
Wow, that TW is pretty!!! I'm jealous! Keep up the great work flyboy.
I agree, Susanne. I can't believe all of the snow that we've had across the state! I'm always tempted to stick mine out to early, but am always remembered of the "freak" weather we have here. LOL:) Teas is awesome for plumerias. They aren't the cheapest place I've ever seen, but they have high quality and true named hybrids! I bought a "Kaneohe Sunrise" and "J.L. Pink Pansy" last summer from there. They were pretty picked through, but I got two well rooted plumerias for like $60.00. They both have three growth tips and stand about 2 ft. high. That's where I bought my "Kimo" and "Intense Rainbow" several years back. I think the best time to go is early June and September. Early June to get the "new" varieties and September to get the "specials".
I miss chatting with you . I hope you and your mother is doing well. How are you doing in school? The one you gave me last summer is doing well. I hope it blooms this summer. Take care sweety.
Beautiful flowers, Rose:) I think I can say with some certainty that the yellow plumeria flower is an "Aztec Gold". The scent smells of fresh ripe peaches. There's no mistaking the smell of the "Aztec Gold"!!! LOL:) "Aztec Gold" has a strong pink band on the back of each flower petal. I'm uncertain of the varieties of the pink flowered plumerias. Use this link to see if you can recognize any of the flowers from the pictures there. There are 15 pages of named plumeria flowers. Goodluck and thanks for sharing those beautiful flowers!!!
I need some help. Just got 4 plumeria cuttings. How do I plant them.What is the best medium for them?I'm in North Carolina and is planning to put them in pots. do I use big pots now or do I start with a smaller one? Thanks.