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Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2007
12:13 AM

Post #3949043

Hi,
I am sending along a couple of pictures of a problem on one of my plumerias. I thought 1st it was bugs, but I don't think so now. A fungal growth of some kind? I have quite a few plumeria (about 50) and I can only find this on a couple of them. I have actually had pretty good luck with all of my cuttings and my seedlings are in there 2nd yr now.
Any suggestions appreciated.
Shirley

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Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #3949069

This is another one on the same plant - a little higher up.
Shirley

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Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

September 8, 2007
1:08 AM

Post #3949201

It looks like roots coming out of the hole is it on a cutting you picked up. Or is it on a seedling or both? I have seen this before Clare will proably know. Helps to have all the information
Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #3949348

Sorry I was not more specific. The larger of the growths is on a the trunk about 2 inches above the soil line of this rooted plant that I have had for several years. The smaller one is up higher on the same trunk. You can't see the areas from this shot because they are on the other side of the plant. I pruned it earlier in the year. Pretty strange looking.
Shirley

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Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2007
2:26 AM

Post #3949574

Yes, this is actually common in areas with a lot of rain and/or humidity like Hawaii and Florida. Those are indeed roots coming from the cambium. You can cut below the roots and have an instant second tree if you wish. It doesn't hurt anything to leave them alone.
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #3949664

Brad posted a thread and picture not too long ago called "What Heavy Rains Can Do." He lives in Florida. Here is one of his pictures:

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Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #3949668

Here is the second picture of Brad's showing a close-up of the roots:

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Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2007
3:50 AM

Post #3949915

Clare,
Thank you so much. I would never have guessed that they were roots! I searched several sites looking for split bark, growths etc and could not find anything and I wasn't sure I wanted to post a picture of some horrible desease that I had. Happy that I did.
Yes, we do get a lot of rain here - the Garden State.
Thank you again.
Shirley
p.s. if anyone noticed the parking lot in the background - it is my office. I had so many plumeria that I took about 15 to work and put them on the deck. Everyone has really enjoyed them.
1cros3nails4gvn
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2007
4:56 AM

Post #3950062

the roots look gross coming out of the side like that... like parasitic worms or maggots or something...
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2007
3:09 PM

Post #3950949

Shirley, you are most welcome;-) What a great office you have! You can cut the roots off with clippers if you don't like how it looks. I think it looks kind of interesting, but then again, I like weird things;-)
lcosden
Pawling, NY
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2007
3:10 PM

Post #3950952

Smdent, if you got so many of them that you're running ot of room for them at home.. I'd be happy to take a cutting or two off your hands.. :) My little seedlings are just two inches tall right now.. Wish they grew faster..
Malestrom
Plumiedelphia, PA
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2007
3:42 PM

Post #3951101

Id lay it on its side roots down and watch it explode once they developed.
Thats how I root my fig cuttings as logs.
Once the roots take off they explode with growth.
Danasplants
Mulberry, FL

September 8, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #3951642

You can do that with the red thai plant too.
Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2007
11:13 PM

Post #3955907

Malestrom thanks for the info. To make sure I understand. Another plant has it on a branch that I would be able to cut off easier. It is Scott Pratt. So, I cut the branch off and lay it on its side with the "roots" down in the dirt on the top of a pot? Now?

Also, do you know what will happen to the area that has the roots coming out over winter storage. Will it dry up and leave a hole or just stay that way until spring?

Shirley




Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2007
11:17 PM

Post #3955919

Diehrdsouthrnr - Yes, I thought they were worms at first too!
Sooo happy that they aren't.
Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2007
11:24 PM

Post #3955940

Thought I would send a picture of the deck at my office. They are really very happy there since it is on the south side of the building.

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Malestrom
Plumiedelphia, PA
(Zone 7a)

September 9, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #3956032

Yup thats what I meant.
They grow slower at first this way but the root system will be huge.
Theyll do fine as long as they dont get over watered
Smdent
Brick, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3956060

Thank you Malestrom. Now if I am brave enough to try it ...
Malestrom
Plumiedelphia, PA
(Zone 7a)

September 10, 2007
3:50 AM

Post #3957085

No courage required
Courage will arrive after you do it ;)

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