How did this happen??

No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)September 13, 2013

As all of you know I have struggled mightily trying to root cuttings. Thus far I have only managed to root a Nebel's Gold and that took like six months! I think I rooted Buddha Raksa after a year but I can't be sure. I still got nothing up top to show for it.

So of course I'm very scared to try rooting again. And thus far I have managed to avoid that path. But next thing you know it's Sept and I'm rooting 5 cuttings?? Say what?!

One is a Kauka Wilder or Intense Rainbow I don't know for sure, one NOID and two RED NOID from my sister and a Samirie. I know it's not the best time of the year to try this especially when you have a brown thumb. But here we go again.

Now those of you who have a greenhouse, heatmat, lights etc... did that help you root them in the winter or not really? I have a heat mat so if need be I can get some lights and keep then in the garage. Or alternatively I can get a mini-greenhouse and keep them outside? I mean we will still have warm weather until November but the night time weather will dip to the low 60s by then.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Lynn

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Just my thoughts about winter rooting. I believe the most important reason why winter rooting is or can be so difficult is the amount of light. Plumeria just like most other deciduous plants know when its time to go dormant. We have to trick them into thinking its not dormant time. Yes heat does help a bunch but I think light duration is equally if not more important. My trees sleep in the greenhouse even when I keep it above 60 all the time.

Mike

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 2:53PM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Thanks Mike! And there I thought bottom heat was the most important.

So I'll just leave them out during the day on the sun baked patio then bring them inside the garage on the heating mat at night then. Hopefully this will work. :)

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 4:57PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

No-clue, dont get me in trouble here, LOL. Im by far an expert so to take my advice as pure gold is risky. In reality bottom heat could be the most important if you had to list them that way, but I feel light is.

**crossing fingers Im not completely wrong.

Mike

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 5:23PM
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