Great Success with water rooting!!
I want to say the week of Christmas I discovered that one of my 'Lei Rainbow'/'Nebel's Rainbow' plumeria cuttings was rotting. I pulled it from the soil because I could see that the tips were beginning ot shrivel and the rest of the plumewria was getting soft.
I panicked and hacked off almost half of the cutting. I let it dry and then decided that my last resort was to put it in water with Vitamin B-1. I used a coffee cup to start. I filled it 3/4 full of water and then added about 5 or 6 drops of vitamin B-1.
The cuttings themselves had come from Mimi. for those who don't know her, she is the moderator of the plumeria forum. Her and I have now been good friends for oalmost a year. Sweet lady. I am convinced that her main priority is to provide these HUGE awesome cuttings to her members for as cheap as possible. I believe noid cuttings are $3 and $4 for named cuttings. The cuttings she sent to me were large like normal. The largest was well over 2ft tall with three tips.
The smallest cutting was my problem child. Defiant, not wanting to root, just giving me trouble!
I will admit that I didn't keep up with changing thwe water. This can be really bad, especially if you have a cutting that is suffering from rot!
In a matter of a few days, I noticed that the cutting had gone back to being nice and plump. I was shocked to say the least. New Years Day, I went into my room, plugged in my HPS light and checked the small cutting in water. To my amazement, it had roots. Not anything big yet, but there were roots!! So, I changed the water again, and dusted the cut end with cinnamon. I potted it up a few days ago. I don't know if this guy will make it. It still had a soft spot but it got smaller and smaller. I dusted it again, and potted it up in soil with no moisture.
I decided that the second cutting was going to also go into water. I put it into the a 1/2 gal juice jug. Both cuttings were in the jug for about 3 days. Two days after I potted the smaller one, I checked the largest and it too had roots! Now, this cutting has roots growing from the cut end! I cannot believe it!
I will never claim that my success was due to my tremendous knowledge with plumeria! I just figured this was the last ditch effort for the little guy and it worked!! I never expected that rooting would be so easy this time of year!!