WOW, so this what heat does to color intensity

mjhuntingtonbeachOctober 1, 2010

As you all have heard, California had a very cool summer, atypically so. Here on the coast it was practically spring coolness all summer.

I had a J4 that managed to bloom quite a bit, it's first time for me, and one of the few to bloom in the cool weather. I was very happy with the light golden yellow blooms. Best to hope for in a summer that rarely got over 70. Well, last week a heat wave set in culminating with weekend highs in the 90's, nights in the low 70's, with the final blast on Monday with a high of around 103 here on the coast, unheard of normally.

So I fianny had my one chance to see the effect of temperature on color intensity, now quickly passing on as normal to cooler temps are back, days 69-75 ish, nights soon to drop below 60. Never knew what I was missing.

J4 under cool dreary conditions most of this summer, not blooming until late August:

J4 on heat steroids.... what a difference 20 - 25 degrees makes:

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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Wow! There you go!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 9:11AM
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absolutely beautiful plant.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 10:10AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

That looks like a nice compact plumeria. Does it have a name?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 8:11PM
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I bought two cuttings from two different sources in 2008. Both ended up having identical flowers and growth habits. I bought one separately, end of season bargain with roots which had an odd name I haven't seen since ("Multiple Gold"). I bought three others a few months earlier, including one called "J4". I bought a J105 and an Irma 5 at the same time from the same grower as I bought the J4, and both bloomed true to form, as did the one tagged J4. So I am convinced that this larger one must be the same as the J4 I got from the first grower (both Thai growers via Ebay, btw).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 9:27PM
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That is a fantastic series of photos on color intensity. Thanks for posting it.

I had to show my hubby (not a plant guy!) and even he was amazed that it was the same flower. (I'll convert him yet.)

The ones third from the bottom almost look like Kimo. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 10:16PM
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