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Plumeria trees in Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted by loveplants2 8 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 13, 11 at 9:17

Hello Everyone,

Wanted to share some of my trees with you. I do have some inflos that will open in the next week or so, but i wanted to go ahead and post some pics of the trees and what i did to some of the pots.

Temps here have been close to 100*. Yesterday the heat index was 105, so with that in mind, i decided to double pot the trees and place a layer of mulch inbetween them. Keeping them in the regular black nursery pots so it will be easy to remove them and store over the winter.

I also have included some pis of my DR's They have been cut back and repotted into the gritty mix. All are doing well, and liking the drainage that comes from this wonderful mix.

My NBC bloomed the other night..I was so pleased!!! The fragrance was unbelievable. I was so happy that i did a walk through the flowers before i went to sleep!!! This was the gift that i had that night!! I hope you enjoy it too!

You will also see some extra pics from around the yard!!

Take care everyone!!

Laura in VB

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E.T. Lemon Drop

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DR before i repotted it in the "Gritty Mix"
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Dave's little DR....Tks Dave!!!
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Take care everyone!!!

Hope you all stay cool!!!

Laura in VB


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WOWWEEE! What a lovely way to have my coffee this morning! Thanks, Laura! Your family really can't argue with your plant addiction when they get to enjoy such gorgeous results, can they?;D

Your plumeria look so good in their matching terracotta pots. The DR looks great, too. I have two surviving seedlings that look exactly like smaller versions of my plumie seedlings, plus one that's "headless" as it keeps getting its leaves knocked off by grackles who steal the decorative pebbles from underneath it. As if the digging squirrels aren't enough!

That is a very cool hibiscus--what is it? I harvested some hibiscus seeds last year that are coming up with very similar leaves, but I'm pretty sure mine are white. White flowers always find me, no matter where I hide!

Beautiful treat--thanks again, Laura.


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Hi Jen!!!

Thanks for the nice compliments!!

Believe me, I still get the look when i come home from work and head straight outback to check on the plants/trees...LOL!!!

The Hibiscus is called a " Texas Star" They love the heat..

If you want some seeds, i have plenty of them. I also have volunteers all over the place too! They are the Hardy variety...send me an email and ill give you some!!!

Have a great day, and enjoy that coffee! : )

Laura in VB


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AWESOME! You have such a beautiful, lush yard, Laura! What a relaxing place to be after a day of work! Everything look obviously well loved and growing happily!
Lucky you for getting a flower on your night blooming Cerreus! A sweet lady in Hawaii had a huge hanging pot of NBC, and she gave me 3 big cuttings which I brought back and potted in May, so I doubt that I will get any flowers this year, but looking forward to maybe see (and smell) some flowers next year.
Hey did you ever get a knock on the door from the Police because of that TX Star hibiscus? :-) I've heard stories about it (cuz the leaves look like "weed" leaves) LOL!!! The flowers are beautiful. Do they stay green when it's cold?


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Hi Laura,
Man I wish I could stop by right now. We could both be sipping on that Pineapple rum drink! I'm sure my little one would love that pool and me....do I even have to say what I would be after? I would love to see your collection some day.

I have to get to repotting after I get the little one her dinner. I swear, even if the egg method doesn't always speed up root formation, they do DO SOMETHING!!! I cannot believe the roots I am getting on my cuttings. Out of the 30+ cuttingsI rooted this year, I only lost 2 I believe.

I used the 16 oz. water bottles. I added about an inch of soil to the bottom of the bottle, added the egg, and then filled with a gritty mix. Now you sent me those cuttings around April(whenever that plumie show was) and also I got a bunch from another very generous member all aroqund the same time.

All those cuttings have practically outgrown those bottles now, and they need to be moved up. I only have 1 or 2 left that are still just starting to root. One of them is Kimi Moragne and I think one of the Samoan Fluffs but I have two of them. I broke most the roots on my Kaneohe Sunburst:( I was so mad about that one!

Take care and great pics....I really needed them today!!

Andrew


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Hi Laura,
Man I wish I could stop by right now. We could both be sipping on that Pineapple rum drink! I'm sure my little one would love that pool and me....do I even have to say what I would be after? I would love to see your collection some day.

I have to get to repotting after I get the little one her dinner. I swear, even if the egg method doesn't always speed up root formation, they do DO SOMETHING!!! I cannot believe the roots I am getting on my cuttings. Out of the 30+ cuttingsI rooted this year, I only lost 2 I believe.

I used the 16 oz. water bottles. I added about an inch of soil to the bottom of the bottle, added the egg, and then filled with a gritty mix. Now you sent me those cuttings around April(whenever that plumie show was# and also I got a bunch from another very generous member all aroqund the same time.

All those cuttings have practically outgrown those bottles now, and they need to be moved up. I only have 1 or 2 left that are still just starting to root. One of them is Kimi Moragne and I think one of the Samoan Fluffs but I have two of them. I broke most the roots on my Kaneohe Sunburst:# I was so mad about that one!

Take care and great pics....I really needed them today!!

Andrew


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Hi Laura, Great pics,looks so peaceful..can't imagine sitting next to plumeria's and having evening coffee... looks like lot of hardwork. Thanks for sharing.

Kandhi


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Wow. Enjoyed the pics. You must be getting rain because everything looks so green. Your palms look great. We can't grow Sabal palmetto or Pindo here, but my Windmills and Needles look pretty good. Will get more photos up SOME DAY. We're all dealing with strep and other infections right now. Not fun. Gotta get some rest.

For now, here are few images of my Penang Peach, firing on six cylinders ...er inflos:
(Very humid evening and lens fogged up) I'm doing an air layer on one branch.

Closeup of one inflo.


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Hello Everyone...

Thanks Andrew.... Lets see..what could you be interested in? LOL..."Scentsational cutting?" LOL... (No worries..!!)
I did spend the morning repotting some cuttings that did have root rot. I cut the tops off of them last week. Hopefully, i will be able to save some of them...I did try the egg method, but they both developed roots at the same time...But i will try them again...only because you have said that u had some great success!!

The tropical drink sounds nice about now!! LOL!!

Kandhi,

Thank you for the nice comments..it is alot of work, but i do enjoy the time that i get to spend on working with my plants/ trees and thinking of the things that i enjoy the most!!!

: )

Sunseeker...That's exactly what i enjoy the most...to have quiet time..listen to my ipod and think about what needs to be done next...always enjoy messing in the yard and having my time to enjoy all of the things that i love!!!

LOL..As far as the "weeds" My son's friends always ask him.."Hey, does your mom know what she is growing?" That's before the red blooms appear..LOL !! I havent had anyone knock on the door, but i do get looks from workers or guest that come over and see these hibiscus!!!!They probably think i have these special plants!!! LOL...

Take care everyone...

Laura in VB


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Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Love the size on the Lemon Drop blooms.

P.S., one of your Adeniums looks like a kangaroo, and another looks like, well, a back side- which I think you mentioned in a previous post! They're great!


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Hi Laura,
I really don't think it's that the egg actually speeds up the root development itself but it gives them a HUGE boost once the roots start to form.

I actually was not talking about any particular plumeria Laura so please don't tthink that. I am just so thankfull for everything you have done for me this year. Your one terrific lady, and it has been a pleasure getting to know you!!!

Today I recieved yet another shipment of tropicals....a tropical fruit tree called Maprang which is a relative of the mango tree. BTW...do you still have the 1 tree? I also got a black pepper vine. I think that will be fun to grow.

I still have your Jenny cutting waiting to go out but you know my situation Laura and I PROMISE to get it out with some other goodies! I also cut another rare jade variety for you buddy!

Take care, and you deserve a job well done award for that yard! All that hard work you have put in has certainly paid off.

Well, off to bed. I need to get my ZZZZ's when my little one is sleeping!

Andrew


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  • Posted by labland Inland Valley CA9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 14, 11 at 16:04

Laura,
What great photos! Are you really that worried about the heat? D you not get that hot normally? We do in Aug. And September, sometimes,D even June and July, so I have never worried about the heat here.

I am glad to see you have such a wonderful garden, I am jealous. It is easy to see that your plants help to keepyou "sane" when things get tough :-). I am glad everything is going well.

Take care and you and your family! Jennifer


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Dave, your Penang Peach plant looks very healthy and lush! So many inflos! I don't blame you for making a "back-up copy" of it!!


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Laura, your DR picture (next to last picture): I think there is there a tiny person sitting inside of the trunk, letting his/her legs dangle outside (looks like there may be a hand resting next to the left thigh!)


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Wow great pictures! I love seeing the desert roses! I have terrible luck with them! Im lucky that the one I bought is still alive, but it had a ton of transplant shock (it finally stopped dying!).
Your plumerias look so full and healthy and I really like the cactus orchid!

Everything is doing amazing by you! It looks like your plants are having a fantastic growing season!

Thanks for sharing! Your yard always looks nice (even in the winter!).
-Alex


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Hello Everyone,

Dave,

Those blooms on your Divine look wonderful..i'd like to try air layering on one of mine...i might need some advice!!!

We have had plenty of rain...the last couple of nights, we had a few good storms. The front that came through last night had some strong winds and knocked down some other plants...

I am having some issues on one of my Plumies...might be spider mites...i just sprayed yesterday evening, but then the storm came through.,,go figure!!!

I hope you all feel bettter...hard on the little ones to feel bad ..Hope u all feel better...Pkg will be sent on Monday.. :)

My Penang Peach that i bought looks like it wont bloom this year...but ill keep my fingers crossed!!!

Andrew,

I know that u were not speaking of any particular tree...LOL

but i know what u like!!! LOL...

My Mango is doing well, but i need to repot it into the gritty mix. That will be the next project after a repot all of the new cuttings that have rooted...

Where does the time go? I always seen to try to get to them, then i end up doing something else that i like better...lol

Ill get on those cuttings tomorrow...

Thank you for all of the kind compliments!!!

Hello Jen,

Most of the time i am not worried about the heat. I know that they love the heat, but i have moved some of my trees that i had over from the side yard right on the concrete in front of the deck. The temps here have been close to 100* and the concrete is smoking hot! They all face the West and have full sun pretty much for most of the day. If they were on top where some of the other trees are located, i wouldnt worry so much. But the temps can get so hot on the bottom of those black nursery pots, i didnt want to take any chance that they will "cook" sitting on the 120* cement!!! I could probably cook breakfast for dinner on the concrete around 2-3 in the afternoon!!! LOL

I love my trees so much, that i dont want to take any chances...

The yard definately keeps me "sane" for the moment..LOL with all of the family here and the dogs...Yikes...I feel like i have a kennel here as well as taking care of my daughter... So, watering and messing outside is my "Therapy.." I know you all understand when i say that!!! : )

Sunseeker,

I do see what u see..LOL u have a great eye!!! Those Dr's have different personalities...LOL even when they look like they should "cover up.." LOL

Hi ALex,

Thanks for the comments...you always have a beautiful yard...i cant believe the pics that u post..talking about jaw dropping gorgeous!!!!

This year will be the best as far as inflos, i will have several that should bloom next week..i cant wait..when u wait patiently for years, we finally get our rewards!!!

Thanks for the kind compliments everyone!!

Take care,

Lauura in VB


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I have been trying so hard to find someone I can buy a Singapore Obtusa or Dwarf Singapore obtusa from. I am also looking for flowers or cuttings for my wedding. :) I want to grow them so badly but Virginia has no one who actually sells them and I am hesitant to order them online.


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Hi Becci_Bop, I just got plants in from Florida Colors today and they look great. I've also ordered from Brads Buds and Blooms and they are both in FL. You might be able to find them there. Good luck in your search. Peg


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Thanks Peg.

Did you get rooted plants or cuttings? How big of plants did you order and how fast do they grow?


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Becci_Bop I bought plants but they are small(12"-18"). If you wanted a bigger plant/tree, you would have to go to these places and pick up. They would be too hard to ship. These trees don't grow all that fast and once they bloom they have to grow new tips before that branch can bloom again. You only get blooms on tips so for lots of blooms you need lots of tips. You might get one flower stem with many buds but they don't even open all at the same time. It would be hard to get many blooms at the same time unless you had a lot of trees or a very big one. Since they have to be moved inside in the winter here we don't have big trees or we wouldn't be able to move them. The Celadine blooms that Exotic Plumeria has, smell wonderfullll and would be a good choice. I'm in Va.Beach and can tell you there are very few places that carry any trees and then they will be unknown varieties. One that does is McDonald's but it probably wouldn't even be in bloom by June if it even was going to bloom. They need sun and heat so it is not warm enough yet. They are not like most plants that you know will bloom every summer. I know the celadines are not all white but I think people would be impressed by the wonderful smell. Good luck in your search. Peg


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Hi Becci Bop,

First of all Congratulations on your upcoming wedding in June!!!

How Exciting!!

I understand that you want to purchase a few Plumeria so you can have the flowers for your wedding.

Finding that many blooms (inflos) even when someone has a few of the same trees you are looking for will be difficult since they dont always bloom and it can take awhile for them to even open when you want them too!

You can always order trees from Ebay( Bloomingplumerias) or onestopaloha... or oder from Maui Plumeria Gardens, Brads Buds and Blooms, Jungle Jacks in Orange County CA or Florida COlors. Even when you have a tree sent to you..it can take a season or two to have blooms. If you want to buy a tree for the reason that we love our Plumeria and wait patiently to see the beautiful flowers then join us in the wonderful world of growing Plumeria. If you want to order blooms for your wedding, then i would take another route...

The best suggestion is to contact a florist that can send you some flowers or even some leis... Im not sure how many you want or need, but if you are looking to decorate with them or even wanting a certian amount...then i would check on the florist in Hawaii. It would be so difficult to have all of the same type of flower at one time especially here in VB since it is hard enough to even have one inflo.. : ) I will gladly donate what is blooming if you want a couple for your hair or something when the time is near so you can have some then... But i am afraid even with all of the trees that i have, it will be difficult to have many flowers at the same time.

Please let us know.. if you do want some flowers when the time comes and i have them available, they are yours for the ceremony!!!

I hope this helps..

Glad to see another VB lady!!! : )

Take care,

Laura


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