Pomelia – Questions and Answers Greasy Plants

I would like to explain the technique of reproduction by pomelia cutting and I would like to know if you can do it in this period. thank you.


Response : Pomelia

Dear Toyozo,

plumeries are beautiful shrubs native to the Caribbean, and tropical areas of South America, producing large bouquets of beautiful flowers, slightly fleshy and very fragrant, reminiscent of the shape of oleander flowers, of which they are close relatives.

The cultivation of these plants in Italy is suitable only in the hottest areas of the peninsula, because they are very afraid of the cold, and do not tolerate temperatures below 5 ° C, so during the winter months the plants enter a resting place and if you do not live in an area with very mild winters, they should be moved to a slightly heated greenhouse.

The plumeries, after the flowering, produce long fruits, containing the seeds; they can be propagated through the sowing, but this method does not always produce good results; on the one hand, the available plumeria plants are usually hybrids, and therefore we will not know until the flowering if our daughter plant has flowers identical to the mother plant which produced the seeds; besides this, the plumeria seeds take a long time to germinate, up to 7-8 months, and therefore it often happens that, while waiting for the buds, insects or rottenness, they eat our seeds.

Therefore, usually, we choose to propagate the plumeries by cutting, even if they are not always of easy rooting. Unfortunately, the ramifications of the plumeries remain always slightly fleshy, and contain a white latex; in order to allow the new plants to germinate, it is necessary that the cuttings are left for about one week in a warm and dry place, to dry up, so that the cuts at the base heal and stop expelling latex.

The plumeria cuttings are to be taken in spring, when the plant begins its vegetative development again; the apices of the branches, long at least thirty centimetres, or even more, are to be cut, because the cuttings too short of plumeria tend not to root. Waiting for the week of rest of the cuttings, we bury them in a compound of peat and sabia in equal parts, we water them, and we move the pots in a place exposed to direct sunlight, well warm and bright.

The cuttings, however, take several days to germinate, and in this period it is important to water them regularly, every time that the soil dries up. To stimulate the production of roots, before burying the cuttings, it is advisable to immerse them in the rooting hormone.

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