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As they grow...

Posted by isobea zone10, San Diego (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 4, 11 at 21:38

Hi guys,
Once again I need help from long time growers. My oldest (and biggest) plant is a 3 year old Samoan Fluff planted in my front yard flower bed. It is about 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide with 28 tips. The 'problem' is that all these leaves are in each others way. New leaves are having a hard time unfolding properly - not to mention the new flowers - and I am sure the air circulation within the plant is not as good as it could be. What do I do? Should I take cuttings in the spring to open up the plant?
Now this is a new 'dilemma' for me...
Can't wait to hear what everybody does as their plants mature.
Iso


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RE: As they grow...

  • Posted by kms2 9tx (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 5, 11 at 11:37

I would selectively prune not more than 25-33% of the branches 1st week in March. Also consider that all those tips will spread out more next year as they grow out. So new leaves from multiple tips won't be on top of each other.


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RE: As they grow...

  • Posted by qaguy Sunset 21/LosAngeles (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 5, 11 at 19:54

I generally cut back where needed to open up the tree
or eliminate crossing branches. Standard pruning
techniques seem to work just as well on Plumeria as
anything else.

Keep in mind that you'll probably get multiple new
branches from each cut. I didn't and now I have more
branches than ever. Plan on cutting a few back to
the main trunk this Feb.


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RE: As they grow...

I would selectively prune not more than 25-33% of the branches 1st week in March. Also consider that all those tips will spread out more next year as they grow out. So new leaves from multiple tips won't be on top of each other.


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