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Help! The nasty wind broke my plumerias! Desperate for help from Athens, Greece

#1 User is offline   Fairysugarpie 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:35 AM

Hello everyone,

I registered in panic!!!! I live in Greece and have been growing my plumerias (2) for 3 years. As they were about to bloom last year for the first time, frost killed my flowers before I even had a chance to see what color they were going to be:(

Anyway.... We have very strong winds in Athens currently, and it was so windy today that another very very large pot fell over my plumerias and broke them. Needless to say I am very very unhappy about this.

I've been reading the posts and I have questions. The cuts are not clean, so I will trim them. In the posts I read though, everyone is saying that I need to let them heal for about two to three weeks. Does it matter that the climate here is different? Is it ok if I put them in a dark room? Also, what about the 2 plants that are still in the pot? Also cuts are not clean. What do I need to do?

Thx in advance for your replies.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:35 AM

I believe the would have already dries up in an hour. If u have low humidity in your area then you probably can do stem cutting if the wound have dries up. Our local method of hanging for a few weeks ,might not make sense to you. How long does a dripping wet jean dries up in your weather ? Our take 2 weeks to do so.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:44 AM

Just to compare the difference in humidity . A dripping wet jean that I just washed in a 20% humidity in winter dries up in 6 hours INDOOR compared to our rainy weather weather took 2 weeks just to dry up.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 01:36 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 15 May 2014 - 07:44 AM, said:

Just to compare the difference in humidity . A dripping wet jean that I just washed in a 20% humidity in winter dries up in 6 hours INDOOR compared to our rainy weather weather took 2 weeks just to dry up.

Hello digitalgate, thank for replying!

A dripping pair of jeans here would take about 2 days, it's quite hot this time of year and humidity is very low. I looked at the cut part of the branches and already they feel almost dry. Sap is not coming out, but they feel a bit wet.

I also cut clean the two branches in the pot, those because they were outside were a bit more dry.

My question now is: tomorrow I just replant the broken ones in the pot? And the ones that are left in the pot with roots and everything, I continue to water?

Thanks again!
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:29 PM

2 days ? That pretty wet. U might want to use our local method to hang dry for a while. Pulmeria suppose to handle dry spell. However here the problem, most stem cutting must be wet to root well. But can u read up on the rest of the pulmeria to see if other people do that . Every species propagate slight differently .
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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:15 PM

View Postdigitalgate, on 16 May 2014 - 09:29 PM, said:

2 days ? That pretty wet. U might want to use our local method to hang dry for a while. Pulmeria suppose to handle dry spell. However here the problem, most stem cutting must be wet to root well. But can u read up on the rest of the pulmeria to see if other people do that . Every species propagate slight differently .

This is what I will do if it is my plant. The broken branch - leave it in a dry place for 2 to 3 weeks or more for the cut to dry up. Pot it with rooting hormone when the weather is sunny in a quick draining medium. Successfully potted more than 10 cuttings using this method. For the existing plant, trim it. It should be fine. Just water less until you see new leaves.
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