Tai Surprise, from twig to massive bouquet

mjhuntingtonbeachJuly 17, 2014

I got to the Jungle Jack's open house last year late, about 20 minutes after the doors open... things were already picked pretty clean. I saw a Tai Surpise, a five gallon with a few flowers, and fell in love. After scrambling around, I found the last one gallon Tai Surprise, three branches, very thin, wobbly in the pot, no flowers. Took it home, nursed it for a month and then put into a three gallon pot after it had grown some larger sun adapted leaves and rooted more firmly and it grew more robust and sturdy. Well this March it was put into a five gallon pot and a few weeks ago started to bloom. It is much more of a show than I expected. I think I will keep it,

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    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:54AM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

one more

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:58AM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

The tree...less than three feet tall

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 1:14AM
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barb13_gw

WOW! very nice and it is always special when a plant blooms on each branch. Great Job. Barb

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 2:10AM
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kailua1086(So.Cal.)

Absolutely beautiful! May I ask what fertilizer you are using?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:45AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Looks like a flower-making MACHINE!...and compact to boot.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:57AM
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Pharaoh4

Wow Wow Wow!!! This is amazing! Tai Surprise is going on my list.

Thanks for sharing,
Tony

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:57AM
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lazybonz(7a)

The plant looks great. Such beautiful and abundant flowers.
Are the flowers fragrant or just beautiful to look at?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:24PM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Kailua - the only fertilizer I use is a small handful of 15-15-15 every 4-6 weeks although I did give it a dosing of liquid kelp at 1 tbsp per gallon a couple of times. I sometimes wonder if that is maybe too much.

Lazybonz - this is another case of looks good, doesn't really smell. JJ's website describes it as having a fragrance I believe, but my nose can't detect it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 3:43PM
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lazybonz(7a)

Thanks for your assessment of their scent.
Personally, much of the time I can't detect much fragrance from flowers.
That is why I love overpoweringly fragrant blooms--when the scent is pleasant.

Still, the flowers are a beautiful sight to behold.
Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 4:06PM
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gidgetsocal

Wow! That is really pretty, mjhuntingtonbeach! It looks like it loves the care you've given it and is rewarding you with blooms on all three tips! Awesome!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 5:04PM
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texasplum(8)

wow blooming like crazy and huge inflows! amazing and thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 6:59PM
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kailua1086(So.Cal.)

Thanks for your reply and for sharing your amazing blooms.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:55AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Mike!!

Looks like a beauty!! Love the large clusters of blooms!!!

You guys have really had the heat and humidity .. I'm still thinking about how hot it was at JJ's ! ;-). It was smoking hot!! lol . But it didn't stop us..

You are so lucky to live so close to all of those nurseries !!

Thanks for the update. Please post more !!

Have a great day!!!

Laura

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:05PM
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Andrew Scott

I agree. Thai surprise sure looks like a winner to me! It surely loves all the TLC you are giving it!

Hi Laura! I couldn't imagine living that close to all those plumeria nurseries! I think Jose would disown me...LOL! Then again, owning a home with even a little space to work with sounds good to me! You and I would have preferred customer cards! LMAO!!

Andrew

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 2:24PM
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jandey1(TX8)

Mike, that is yet another awesome plumie in your collection. Quite a bloomer for being so small! You really know how to pick 'em!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 10:35AM
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