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Question: Pomelia

I would like to explain the reproduction technique by cutting of pomelia and I would like to know if it can be done in this period. thanks.

Answer: Pomelia

Dear Toyozo,
the plumeries are beautiful shrubs originating in the Caribbean, and in the tropical areas of South America; they produce large bouquets of splendid flowers, slightly fleshy and very fragrant, which resemble 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 cold and do not tolerate temperatures below 5 ° C; therefore during the winter months the plants enter in vegetative rest and if you do not live in an area with very mild winters, they will have to be moved to a slightly heated greenhouse. After flowering they produce long fruits, containing seeds; they can be propagated by sowing, but this method does not always give good results; on the one hand, the plumeria plants available are generally hybrids, and therefore we will not know until the flowering if our daughter plant has flowers identical to the mother plant that produced the seeds; in addition to this, plumeria seeds take a long time to germinate, up to 7-8 months, and therefore it often happens that, waiting for the buds, insects or rot to feed on our seeds. So, in general, we choose to propagate the plumeries using cuttings, even if they are not always easy to root. Unfortunately the ramifications of the plumeries always remain slightly fleshy, and contain a white latex; in order to allow the new plants to sprout it is necessary that the cuttings are left for about a week in a warm and dry place, to dry, so that the cuts at the base heal and stop expelling latex. Plumeria cuttings are taken in spring, when the plant begins its vegetative development; the tips of the branches are cut, at least thirty centimeters long, or even longer, because the too short plumeria cuttings tend not to root. Waiting for the week of rest of the cuttings, it is interceded in n composed of peat and sabia in equal parts, it is watered, and the pots are moved in a place exposed to direct sunlight, very warm and bright. However, the cuttings take several days to sprout, and in this period it is important to water them regularly, every time the soil dries. To stimulate the production of roots, before burying the cuttings, it is advisable to immerse them in the rooting hormone.