Recently I published an article titled, Plumeria Plants - How To Grow
I thought I share this article with you in case some of you are thinking
about starting plumerias from cuttings....
One of the quickest ways to enjoy plumeria flowers is to plant plumeria
cuttings. It cannot be emphasized enough to purchase plumeria cuttings
only from reputable retailers to get good quality. Prices vary, and
prices do not always translate into quality. Higher prices though often
reflect well known plumeria varieties.
One of the big advantages of propagating plumeria plants from cuttings
is that the buyer is able to choose very specifically the plant he/she
wants, based on the color, growth habits, fragrance or a number of other
desirable traits that are present in a particular plumeria variety.
Cuttings should be at least 12 inches in length and taken from mature
wood. Immature cuttings taken from green wood are very hard to root even
though it can be done.
Certain varieties of Plumeria obtusa and some red colored plumerias are
harder to root and may take longer to develop their root system.
Discuss with the plumeria retailer the shipping arrangements that will
guarantee that your quality plumeria cutting will arrive in good
condition particularly during the colder months of the year.
While awaiting the arrival of your newly ordered cutting take the time
to get all the necessary equipment to properly plant the plumeria
Before planting the cutting it is recommended to have all necessary
items prepared, including the pot, plant stake, rooting hormone which
contains a fungicide, tie-ups, and premixed potting medium ready and
Based on the size of the plumeria cutting one ordered, one needs to have
a container large enough to accommodate the cutting as well as allowing
room for the roots to develop and grow. A proper size container is also
needed for the stability of the cutting.
The potting medium has to be premixed to provide excellent drainage.
Otherwise, the cutting may rot if the medium retains too much moisture.
After the pot has been filled with the premixed potting medium, water it
thoroughly and make sure all the water has drained prior to planting the
Now it is time to plant the cutting. It is important not to plant the
cutting too deep for a variety of reasons. Plumeria cuttings develop
roots only at the very bottom of the cutting.
The next step is to wet the bottom of the cutting with lukewarm water,
shake off any excess water, insert the cutting in the rooting hormone,
and insert it into the potting medium. Add the plant stake next to the
plumeria cutting and tie the cutting to the plant stake with tie-ups.
The first step in the rooting process is the development of callus
tissue through which the roots emerge. It is crucial at this time of the
rooting process not to water the cutting to avoid stem rot.
Plumeria cuttings have such a strong life force in them that they start
to develop leaves and inflorescenses without even having started the
rooting process. One can find out if any roots have developed by giving
the cutting a light tug to test for resistance. Any resistance indicates
some root development.
During this time instead of watering the cutting, mist the cutting daily
to prevent it from dehydrating.
Plumeria cuttings may root within weeks or may take several months to
develop roots depending on the particular plumeria variety. Following
tried and tested methods is the best insurance for one’s own success in
rooting plumeria cuttings, even the difficult ones. Enjoy the fruits of
your labors, and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of your newly grown
plumeria plant for years to come!
Copyright © Bob Walsh 2011