First of all: look what bloomed this week- mystery passiflora #4. It’s HUGE- the buds were the size of really huge plum tomatoes/lemons and the blooms are about 6″ round. They are crazy cool, in a “is that a *REAL* plant and did I really grow that?!” kind of way. Even Tom was impressed. And they smell amazing. They are so big and fragrant they kinda freak me out a little (but in a good way).
And here’s a photo of mystery passiflora #3.
In other garden news, my birthday was last weekend and one of my gifts from Tom was four plumeria cuttings from Hawaii!
They arrived in a regular paper envelope, which surprised me. I was expecting a box with lots of padding and materials to keep the cuttings moist. But the plumeria looked like they were packaged for retail sale in a nursery. I was both relieved by this (no delicate tiny cutting for me to mangle in the potting process) and a little weirded out by it (is it really that simple to grow a plumeria from a cutting?!)
The package contained one each of four colors: white, yellow, red, and pink.
On the back of the packaging was a bit about the plumeria as well as instructions for the cuttings.
When taken out of the plastic, this is what the cutting looked like:
They remind me of HUGE asparagus. They are about 12″ long, each, and about the width of a narrow cucumber. Even though the entire cutting is a dark green color, at the tips are tiny bright green “buds” so I was reassured by that.
I briefly debated cutting off the blunt edge to check to see if the cutting was alive (if there was green under the “callous” where the cutting had been snipped from the parent plant) but I decided against it when I remembered that succulent cuttings need a callous formed over the cut edge in order to propagate, and maybe plumeria were the same.
I followed the instructions and potted all four cuttings. I am super-duper hopeful they grow.