passiflora and plumeria!

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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.
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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?!)

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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.

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When taken out of the plastic, this is what the cutting looked like:

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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.

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I followed the instructions and potted all four cuttings. I am super-duper hopeful they grow.

 

Comments 5

  1. Misti wrote:

    Water your plumeria sparingly until it is rooted!! They rot easily! In Florida we had success with this method: http://www.plumeria101.com/cuttings101.html

    Plumeria are fun!

    And I’m incredibly jealous of your passiflora right now. My rescue passi is doing good, growing on the fence now. I also sprouted a passiflora incarnata seed too.

    Posted 31 May 2013 at 8:30 am
  2. Sherilee wrote:

    I love your passiflora, and I am sure the plumeria will do well in your environment too. Have I mentioned that plumeria is probably my favorite flower, ever? I brought back a few of those sticks when we were there five years ago… they leaf out every year, and so far, no blooms. But I am patient and have faith that some day… Now that it is summer, I have moved it out to the back porch and keep the roots watered and there is (usually) a lot of sun on them… If they ever bloom, you will hear a loud shout all the way from Washington state, I will be so excited!

    Posted 22 Jun 2013 at 10:12 pm
  3. Kate wrote:

    What if I cut off the sealed end that sticks into the soil? will it still root?
    kate

    Posted 06 Apr 2015 at 6:08 pm
  4. Misti wrote:

    Hi Kate,

    I think it would definitely help to let the new cut heal and dry up before sticking it in the soil. It might rot easier if you didn’t let the wound heal.

    -Misti

    Posted 07 Apr 2015 at 9:48 am
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