Let's talk about JJ's Rhonda

No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)July 6, 2012

At this very moment I have to say JJ's Rhonda is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!

The flowers are gorgeous! Huge, bloom like crazy, compact, easy to care for, but most of all the fragrant is to die for! To me Rhonda is perfection. I am in awe.

I love it so much I think I am going to have to get another one!

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

It is very nice!! What's the scent like?

Mike

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 7:37PM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Mike,

It's very sweet... like coconut candies sweet. I adore the scent! So much so that I have to fight this overwhelming urge not to eat the flowers! Now I sound like a freak. LOL

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 7:50PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Gorgeous flowers!
Yea, don't leave us scent lovers hanging! Is she sweet, spicy, perfumey, fruity, etc.? You know what I mean! :)

-Robert

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 7:50PM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Robert, I'm like you... right now I'm all about scent. And Rhonda's scent is truly magical. I wish you can smell it.

It's strong enough that you don't even have to stick your nose into the flowers. I can be out puttering around and still smell her beauty.

Even DH likes it and he's not very much into flowers.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 8:00PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Dang you! Now I'm going to have to add yet another one to my wish list. Laugh.
I now have 9 that I religiously bring to the front porch when I get home from work at 5pm to catch the last rays of light. I'm using Turface in my mix and these pots are getting heavy! ;)

-Robert

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 11:31PM
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ProudMamaSD

She's gorgeous... I was thinking maybe I wouldn't go tomorrow as my hubby has been sick and I've been home with him, but now that I see such a lovely flower and there is already so much incentive to go tomorrow- done deal. ;o)

Well done, that is one happy and very healthy flower.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 12:15AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Robert I have been planting mine in the Gritty Mix too and they are heavy!! And I move my plants to catch sun, or to avoid the water sprinklers... so I hear your pain. But it's so worth it!

Yes add Rhonda to your list you will love it!

Proudmama,

I wish I can take all the credit, but with a brown thumb this is all JJ"s doing. When I got her a month ago she was already blooming like crazy! She's doing so well that I'm afraid to move her out of her spot! LOL

Glad to hear you're coming to the Open House. You need a break from taking care of hubby. Now you must reward yourself with a plant or two. ;)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 11:17AM
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summerof66(6)

Wow! That's a beauty! The scent sounds awesome, too.
If I ever run across one of those beauties it's gonna be mine!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 11:42AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

My sister picked one up at JJ's Open House today and so did Bud!! How awesome is that?? LOL

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 9:41PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

I got two Rhondas along with a Taj Mahal, so I was impressed too.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 9:52PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

You guys are killing me.. I dont have Rhonda.. But i do have Taj Mahal... Sounds like Rhonda is a beauty.

Bill.. LOL TWO? : )

Thanks for making me want more.. My DH will have me commited soon... Guess i will have to go to alternate plans to order.. LOL...

I just bought Giant Aussie Orange .. so excited about this one... YES!!

Laura

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 10:37PM
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jandey1(TX8)

N-C, those two top photos look like they could be of two different flowers. Love the top photo showing wide, reflexed petals. Must be gorgeous in person to tempt both Bill and Bud!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 10:33AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Jandey,

Believe it or not all the pics are from that one Rhonda plant! When they first bloomed the flowers are more rounded then less rounded and longer as time passes. The first photo was taken during the June gloom so the colors were not as intense. The last two were taken in July and you can see the color variations. That is why I love this plant so much because the shape and colors change with time and weather.

Right now I have inflo on two out of the 3 tips and I can see the progression of the changes daily. Pretty awesome!! :)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 10:42AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

No Clue,

Just had to take another peek and say how beautiful your Rhonda is..

Simply gorgeous!!!

Laura

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:47AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Laura, she's still blooming too. My second inflo now got a new flower as well. So two inflo out of 3 tips. Maybe I will get lucky and the 3rd will form soon! I'm very impressed by how long the blooms last too.

When I have more room I'm going to get another one! LOL

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:28AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

I was just thinking even with our cool temps, Rhonda still popped such beautiful colors for me. Imagine her in the hotter and more humid climate how much more intense it would be? Maybe Laura will buy it and let us know. ;)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:31AM
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andrew78(6)

Hi Guys,
I also bought Rhonda this spring...got it before all the hype. Mine is around 18in or so with 4 tips. No signs of inflos yet but would rather have it grow strong and healthy before it blooms anyhow.

Hey Bill, I Like your style! i have done the same with a few of my plumerias.

Hi Laura,
giant Aussie Orange huh? I thought you were done all ready! What happened? I don't want to here that your DH had you commited, but it happens I promise to care for all your plumerias! LOL!

Andrew

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 7:40PM
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isobea(10, San Diego)

Summerof66,
I don't know where you live, but my girlfriend picked one up at the Oceanside Home Depot for about $20 (that was about 1 1/2 or 2 weeks ago). Smaller pot, but definitely JJ tags.
Good luck on your hunt,
Iso

PS: It's blooming, too!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:37PM
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beachplant(9b)

lovesplants I KNOW! I now remember why I quit hanging out on the plumeria forum, it's hard on my bank account. I love coconut so now I MUST, simply must have this one.
Drats!

I do not use gritty mix, perlite is a non-renewable resource. A lot of it comes from China. Mixing the native sand of our yard, compost from the compost pile and some free mulch from the city works fabulous. I don't have to use products shipped around the world, or search for weird things not sold locally. Of course the climate here is a big help. Hmm, the island was filled in after the 1900 storm so I guess I am really using stuff that used to be at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. You can build a sandcastle in the backyard.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 7:48PM
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pcput

Iso - What a lucky duck !!! Great find !!! I bet your one of the people who fall in, you know what and smell like a a a "Plumeria" LOL

beachplant - Boy I know just what you mean !!! It's real hard not to add another one to the list when it's this pretty. Aren't they all ??? Peg

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 10:52PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Beachplants!!

Where do you live? I was thinking down in Florida..but now you have me thinking elsewhere? Sounds like a wonderful spot.

Glad you can use all native products..

I dont use perlite in the Gritty mix.. It consist of granite, turface and Fir bark. Some of the other mixes use perlite. I understnd that it would be difficult to use items from around the world.. so good to have them available locally. I can find all my items locally and thankfully, i dont have to have anything sent to me!! That is a big relief!!!

You are so right about seeing what others have and see how beautiful they are... I am sitting on my hands and i wont buy Rhonda, even tho i think it is a beautiful tree and the color is to die for.. Sigh!!! I am happy with what i have... : )

Take care,

Laura

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 11:59PM
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isobea(10, San Diego)

Hi everyone,
I stopped by our "wonderful" Home Depot today and none of the JJ plants (big or small) from the original shipment were left (and there had been a lot!). Now, inquiring minds want to know, "where did they go?" Turns out they let the plants dry out too much. Somebody said, "They need water", and then 2 or 3 people watered them that same day. Most of them rotted! It just breaks your heart! In my opinion they should never be allowed to 'take care' of any of John's plants again!
A very sad good night to all of you,
Iso

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 12:49AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Iso, same thing happened at the Encinitas HD!! I actually argued w/ the folks working there b/c they left all 20 plants inside and was watering them every day!! They were tipping over, branches breaking off. Two came right out of the pot which meant the root balls broke off. I almost had a heart attack! I was so upset I reported it to Jon... not sure what he could have done at that point. But still it was hard to see that. :(

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 10:38AM
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isobea(10, San Diego)

No-Clue, I know exactly what you are talking about. I also argued with the Encinitas HD staff the day the plants arrived and they put them inside. Shouldn't they be held responsible? I hope they didn't return the dead plants to John for a refund...
Iso

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:19AM
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beachplant(9b)

I live in Galveston, somewhere near Texas.
Our big box stores get plumeria and stick them in the full sun, it`s so hot by the time they get them and then sitting on the pavement that daily watering doesn`t harm them. Noone had plumeria this year though. Even Houston Garden Centers only had a very few.

Living on an island our choices are slim, noone carries turface, fir bark is only obtainable from the petstore at a price that would prohibit use when repotting anything over a gallon size. I`ve muddled along for years mixing weird blends for my plants, like I said I am lucky from a climate stand point, the plants are way less picky about what they grow in. Plus if they can grow in this stuff in the yard they can grow anywhere LOL!

Tally Ho!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:26AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Tally HO!!!

Galveston sounds lovely!!!

You are lucky to have such beauty there as i have seen pictures of your beautiful island..

I liked the story of your name.. Way to cute!!!

Take care,

Laura

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 10:06PM
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slave2thefur(san diego - north coast)

the reason JJ's plants are generally inside is because they are next to the houseplants and exotics, which are higher priced plants than the outdoor plants. Got in a big discussion with a HD Garden manager over this - it's how they choose to market them.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 10:31PM
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