A Blooming Seedling question

Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VAAugust 17, 2010

I have a plumeria seedling which is about to bloom. Looks like it might be a white bloom -- nothing special.

I know before new cultivars can be registered, the plants must have gone through a number of bloom cycles, because it apparently takes several cycles before the plant 'settles in' on its 'true flower color'.

Shall I assume this one will stay white if its first bloom is white?... or could it possibly change with the next bloom cycle?

I have limited space and if it's gonna be just white, I'll probably throw it out. It's a tall plant with just one trunk. It's gonna take up a lot of space if I keep it.

Bill? Houston Pat? Anyone?

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tdogdad(Zone 9)

from my experience, often a first bloom of white or pinkish white can become colored in future years. I think a first bloom of white is not uncommon and I recall one of the older books stating don't be fooled by that first white bloom. However, it is a bummer when the second season is no better than the first. Been there. Bill

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 10:52AM
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If your thinking of "throwing it out" Please throw it my why. I would gladly send you some shipping money. I would love to have your rooted white bloomer 8)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 12:12PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Konatiki, it is huge and would probably cost $100 to ship (guessing)! I might be willing to give it to someone in the area -- Northern Virginia - if they could stop by. But I think I'll wait a bit until more blooms open up before I declare sentence on this plant!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 12:16PM
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From what I read in the Eddenbergers book, the colors aren't right for the few years. How old is your seedling? I'm just wondering because I've got one that I have many questions on, but I've not found the time to post yet.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 1:23PM
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Dave you can always shorten the limb by cutting it and re-root the top half. The bottom half will produce new growth at the leaf scar and you'll have a nice tree. You may have something that is really nice there...you never know.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 6:35PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Thanks all. I was just wondering how much 'change' to expect with this plant, since it looks like a white. Heck, it may be a great white though. I'll give it a bit more time.

juicy: From what I can remember it's at least 4 years old. My wife bought me the seeds. Now when she complains about all my plumerias, I can say, 'Well, you bought THIS ONE for me!'

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 8:20PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

I meant to add that on several of my seedings, I got blind inflos (looked like an inflo was forming, but no buds). Then they branched. This seedling actually formed a true inflo before it branched.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 8:22PM
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I grow lots here you talk of blind inflo nubbing we call that false inflo you get the branching no flowers seedlings are known for this as far as your white seedlings if its white its going to stay that way theres no drastic change thats going to put color there what most do with those is cut them and graft a peice of another cutting on there use the roots. Give the pcs you cut to some one who likes white. I have lots of white I really like white so there will be takers I'm sure and happy to have it. I have some i am going to name too i think its a couple flowerings and you take pictures they can change some but not drastic. I hope this helps...Dana

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 10:41AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Thanks Dana!


    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 10:54AM
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