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healthy cuttings, "moody" plants
on May 29, 2013
I received these as a birthday gift from my husband- he ordered these via DHG. They came very quickly, from Hawaii to Florida.
For those of you curious about what you're ordering, or a little concerned about ordering a "live cutting" via postal mail, the plumeria cuttings are actually bagged up individually in plastic bags with hang tags, like if you were buying a pack of pens or something else non-perishable. It's a very hearty cutting- it doesn't look like it could be easily destroyed by rough handling via the mail or rough handling via the gardener!
The plumeria cuttings look like a giant stalk of asparagus- one end is pointed (top) and the other is flat, where it has been cut from the larger plant. They are fairly "dry", but still very much alive. They just aren't as delicate as some other plants I've gotten via mail order. I was a little surprised when they arrived- I was expecting a box of some sort with lots of padding and stuff, but instead it was just a manila envelope. I opened the package expecting something wet and packed tightly with something to keep the cuttings moist and cool, but instead it was four plastic baggies with stalks of plumeria inside. Each of the plumeria were a deep green but they also had tiny "fresh" green growth at the very tips.
On the back of the hang-tag is little bit of information about plumerias and information on how best to plant and grow them. Basically you fill a large pot with a sandy potting soil, stick the "cut side" of the plumeria cutting about four inches deep, water thoroughly, and place in direct sunlight. Once the soil is completely dried out, you water again. After a while (this is a slow process), tiny little "nubs" will form on the tip of the cutting, and in time, those nubs will grow into glossy leaves.
I'll be honest- I received these as a gift from my husband about a year ago and two of the plumerias did not make our super-humid Florida summer. But the two that did are growing heartily. They haven't flowered yet- right now they are dormant because we are having some unseasonably cold weather. But the little nubs on top are starting to form, which makes me know the cutting is still alive.
I posted some pictures of the packaging and the way the plumeria looks like when it arrives for those of you who are curious or maybe hesitant to order these.