Plumeria cuttings

Plumeria cuttings

Question: when do you prepare plumeria cuttings?


What is the best period for plumerie reproduction by cuttings and with what system? I have 5 plants of 3 different varieties, more than 2 meters high, in pots. Having to reduce them, I would take the opportunity to reproduce them.

Answer: plumeria cuttings


Dear Massimiano,
plumeria cuttings, like those of most other plants, are taken in late spring or late summer; since you have to prune your plant, you can also store the branches cut into containers filled with sand, in a cool and well-ventilated place, so that you can then bury them when the weather becomes warm enough. Plumeria cuttings do not root very easily, and cuttings much larger than the classic cuttings used for other plants are usually preferred: a plumeria cutting should be at least 25 cm long, or even longer, and should include the apical part of the branches. These will be woody branches, or woody seeds, which we will cut down just below a knot; if there are leaves along the cutting, it is good to remove them, possibly leaving only those present in the upper part of the branch. At this point, the cuttings are left to rest in a cool and dry place, so that the cutting wound heals completely, and then we wait about a week before burying them; in the meantime we prepare the cuttings bed, filling the pots with a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts. After a week, we submerge the lower part of the cuttings in the rooting hormone (it seems a very technical product, but in reality you find it in any well-stocked nursery), and then we insert the cutting into the ground, soaking it deep enough, so that it succeeds to stand alone. The soil in the pots should be moistened before placing the cuttings, and then the pots should be placed in an area sheltered from the wind, semi-shaded, but very bright; the waterings will be regular, trying to avoid leaving the dry soil for a long time. Obviously all the cuts made on the plant and on the cuttings should be made with well sharpened shears, which make a nice clean and smooth cut, without fraying; before cutting, we always disinfect the shears with alcohol or pass them over a lively flame. Plumeria cuttings do not root very easily, so there is usually a tendency to prepare many, so that even if many do not take root, we will still achieve some success. Plumeries also propagate by seed, only that the large pods that contain the seeds take several months to mature, and this does not always occur in plumeria specimens grown in Italy. The cutting therefore remains one of the best methods of propagation; preparing very long cuttings you also have the chance to see the new flowering plants in a few years.