Rooting Plumeria Cuttings

Rooting Plumeria Cuttings

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How To: Rooting Plumeria Cuttings

This short guide will demonstrate how to root plumeria cuttings.

Fill a decent sized container (1 gallon pots generally work well, bigger pots will hold too much moisture) with a well draining cactus mix or whatever mix works for you, but keep in mind that excellent drainage is a must. We recommend mixing your potting soil with a 50/50 mix of cactus soil to pumice. Pumice is a small stone pebble that will provide some weight for your pot and give very good drainage for your plumeria cutting and will not break down over time like perlite does. It will also not float up excessively like perlite does.

Dip the cut end of your cutting into a bit of Dip n Gro that has been diluted according to directions and then into a rooting hormone such as RooTone. Lightly tap the end of the cutting to remove excess powder.

Insert the handle of a small shovel/spade to create a hole for your cutting. This will ensure that the cuttings rooting hormone powder does not fall off. Insert cutting into soil about five inches and place in warm sunlight or under a grow light. If placing outside, placing on a concrete deck will provide the warmth needed at the bottom of the pot. We recommend using black nursery style pots since they absorb the most heat that is good for successful rooting.

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Soak the mix and allow excess water to drain completely. We cannot stress enought to not overwater your plumeria cutting. Although the top of the soil may be dry, the cutting will be moist on the bottom and needs little water to root. It roots to find more water and if the end of the cutting is too wet, it will rot. Water at the initial planting and then do not water till you see at least four leaves. By then the plumeria cuttings roots will be developed and cannot wait for your fertilizer. See below for plumeria fertilizer recommendations. Drainage, amount of sun, wind, etc will all affect the amount of water your cutting needs so you'll need to carefully monitor the cutting while it is rooting. Generally speaking, you'll want to water sparingly. It's essential that you not overwater as plumeria will as stem rot can occur rapidly when cuttings are kept too wet. Rooting can take from 1-3 months, again depending on conditions.

After your cutting is rooted, you'll want to fertilize every other week during the spring and summer and taper off in early fall. As mentioned above, you'll want to use a high phosphate fertilizer such as Schultz Plus 10-54-10. Regardless of what you use, make sure it's the middle number that's high as that will help encourage stronger blooming. Also another supplent that we highly recommend for all your plants and not just your plumeria is SuperThrive. It can be found online or at your local nursery or bib box home supply store. It is a great vitamin and hormone additive to promote healthy plants and provide the nutrients missing in fertilizer. Plants need both a quality fertilizer and a source for micronutrients, which SuperThrive essentially provides. See below for the brands we use.

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