Is this stem rot? x-section photo

nitsujJune 26, 2011

So have had this plumeria for 5+ years since it was a tiny little stick over a few moves, it finally bloomed last summer (currently reside in Portland, OR). As per usual each winter lost it's leaves this winter. Coming into spring had (what I thought was?) black tip (first photo) so I cut it back. It would start to grow back/heal but stayed soft. Now after pieces keep feeling soft I've tried to cut it back before the whole plant dies :( Figured I should doublecheck to make sure it IS stem rot though and not something else. Apologize the photo is blurry, phone wouldn't focus up close.

It still looks brown where I just cut it and it didn't ooze the milky white fluid, so not sure what's up. Keep cutting? Something else?

Blsck tip?

Stem rot?

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labland(Inland Valley CA9)

Your photo isn't coming through, at least on my iPad. Try using Photobucket or another image downloading program (free).

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 10:33PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

maybe this will help get some responses.

Black tip? Looks like it to me.

Stem rot? Was this from the black tip one cut back?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 8:30AM
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thanks for the embed Dave! 2nd pic is from (repeated) cutbacks. Every time I've cut back it seems like the stem just ends up getting soft below the cutback - tho the plant does try to heal it closed quickly so I guess it's at least showing signs of life. Have had it for years and it finally bloomed last year, would be bummed if I can't save it. Any advice on what I'm doing wrong or should try is very much welcomed

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 11:56AM
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I think I'll try the suggestions from this thread

Thanks everyone for the advice

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 4:59PM
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    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 10:42AM
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Thanks, had seen that before and is why I originally cut the top off to get below the rot. Went out today to try doing the suggestions in the thread I posted above but it was too far gone - in some parts it was hollow in the middle, in others it was like mud and there were some worms(?) in it. Sad, grew it from a little stick for 8 years, finally flowered last year.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 6:39PM
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try to keep cutting back until you see clear white even a small piece of brown...It is rotting..

There is good news! If you can find the white bark no matter how far back you have to cut will get more branches, which in time will give you more blooms..

give it 1/2 tsp. plant epsom salt per gallon distilled water (of course dont give it the whole gallon) but enough to lightly water the soil.

hope this helps...:)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 6:47PM
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Thanks for the advice, sadly it was too late for my plumeria :( Looking for another one now though and will definitely keep that advice handy in case I run into the same issue!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 1:46PM
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