I have a new favorite - Pretty Princess

mjhuntingtonbeachSeptember 12, 2013

I bought this on Ebay 4 or 5 years ago, I loved the colors in the picture. It grew for several years, but in the pot and spot I had it, or maybe it was the soil mix, I never got any flowers, black tip killed off many branches, but finally a few flowers were eeked out at the end of last season on a plant relegated to a semi-shaded part of the patio crammed between other plants, nothing spectacular, small, faded colors, sort of vaguely like the pictures but nothing spectacular.

Well I planted it out in the yard this spring, it was slow to take off, took a while to recover from years of neglect, and this past couple of weeks started to have a few blooms, and this past day a full info of gorgeous flowers. Very intense colors and there are several inflos near opening so hopefully there will be a good show late in season and a better show next year.

First, a picture of last year's first flowers in late October:

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Now, some pictures from this week.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 12:20AM
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And another

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 12:22AM
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and one more.... others to follow as the inflos open up more.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 12:23AM
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chuy415

Stunning!!! Reminds me of starfish!! Lol

Chuy

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 12:56AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

When I first started to replace the noid plumeria I lost in the freeze, I read that if you only own one plumeria, it needs to be Pretty Princess. I have not been able to find one, until this summer at the PSA sale. I have to wait until Oct when it cools down, before I see any blooms. It had 3 thick tips, but was not rooted very well, so I do not know if it will bloom this year. Barbra

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 9:20AM
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nativec

Okay I must confess that I like the first bloom pic too but the second is spectacular!! Wow! I see you have all kinds of hidden gems just waiting to be shared.

And...well this is one more to add to the wishlist..ugh :)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 11:16AM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Heck it's my favorite too after seeing your photos! LOL.

What a beautiful beautiful bloom! Adding to my list as well.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 1:19PM
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AllanRandall(z7 OKC)

I agree, I may have a new favorite as well. What an amazing bloom.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 6:29PM
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rox146

Want one...what is the scent? roxanne

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 9:51PM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

Mike,
Loving the colors and veining, she is a stunner and living up 2 her name. Coloring and veining wise she reminds me a bit of Sundance.
Thanks for sharing and the show.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 11:41PM
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jandey1(TX8)

Yes, she's a stunner! I remember her well from the PSA sale a couple years ago, the colors really pop in our heat.

This is a terrible photo, but you get the idea:

Super impressive to edge out your Typhoon! Thanks, MJ!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 8:46AM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Roxanne,

On scent, sadly my sniffer can't detect anything other than perhaps a very mild scent. So this is definitely one to buy for beauty, not smell.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 1:15AM
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plumygirl(9b)

What a beauty!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 3:59PM
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Pharaoh4

Wow! I feel for this one after seeing the pics several years ago. I ordered one and when it bloomed it was Mermaid Gem... it was pretty, but NOT WHAT I PAID FOR.

You are lucky!! I have heard the flowers are quite large...is that a fact??

Tony

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 7:37PM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Hey Tony, yeah, the flowers can get pretty large, see the size in comparison to my hand. I don't have HUGE hands but they aren't tiny.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:26PM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Another, taken tonight.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:28PM
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pcput

Who cares about smell when your that pretty!
Nice Job!
Peg

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 12:20AM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

wow, those are giant blooms

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 3:12AM
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elucas101(8)

WOW! BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the veining, so pretty!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 12:10PM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Well here we are, almost a month later and my Pretty Princess is still blooming, now on 4 different inflos and a couple more to come that I suspect I won't see bloom due to winter being almost upon us. The colors that burst out during the mid September heat wave are more subdued but I can see that next year I should get quite a good show from this tree now that it has had a year to settle into the ground where I planted it.

Here are some pictures I took today.

The first inflo:

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:53PM
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The first inflo later today with more sun

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:54PM
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Another inflo, the one that gave me the flowers in the pictures I posted last month:

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:57PM
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A third inflo, just sending out its first bloom or two:

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:58PM
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And the last of 4 inflos that I think will bloom for me this year, three or four more starting that will have to wait until next year.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 12:02AM
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nativec

Hello Mike,

Hope you're getting all geared up for the season.

After searching for Pretty Princess thanks to your photos from last season, ahem... I was able to score one! So stoked! Just wanted you to know that you are partially responsible for me adding "just one more". LOL

Oh, how is Typhoon? Any signs of inflos? :)

Take care,

Nicole

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:03PM
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barb13_gw

Very pretty. Love the color. Sometimes it takes a while for them to bloom but lt is well worth it. Thanks for sharing. Barb

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 3:59AM
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