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Old 03-15-2008, 05:23 AM
Location: Maui
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Hi All:

I'm hoping someone can answer this for me.

Plumeria (frangipani) is my favorite flower (hence my screen name). I've had a plant for about 10 years now, potted - in a really, really big planter. I am moving to Hawaii at the end of the summer and I just hate to part with this plant being I've had it so long (I know, I know they are all over the place in Hawaii). I was wondering if I take a cutting and wrap it in newspaper, if it will have any chance of being able to root once I get to Hawaii. I've rooted them many times over here but only from new cuttings. I know once they are dormant they are pretty durable. I really,really would love to be able to take a cutting and plant it in the garden of my new home (it's symbolic for me). I am sending some personal items over there FedEx, so I was thinking of just putting it in the box with a small pot, a little bag of good potting soil, some rooting harmone and send it off. I don't think I can send it by sea in our container because that will take a month or so to reach Hawaii. I know I'm probably not supposed to bring Plant material over there, but who would think anything about a dead looking stick anyway? Funny the plant I bought so long ago was originally from Hawaii and now I want to try and bring a piece back.

I'm such a sentimental fool.

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:23 AM
Location: Central Coast, Ca
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When we were in Hawaii in January I bought 2 'approved plants' to bring back to California and one of them was a Yellow Plumeria. It was just a green 'stick' about 6-8 inches long and about 1" diameter. It was in a sealed plastic bag with no soil or anything. I haven't had time to place it in soil yet, but I stuck in a glass with a little water at the bottom and it is starting to produce leaves at the top of the plant. With that being my only experience with a Plumeria, it seems that they are hardy and can be propagated by a cutting so you should be able to do what you are thinking about.
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:51 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Before taking any plant material into Hawaii I'd check with US Agriculture first, since getting caught may not be worth the big fines they impose on someone sneaking plant material in to HI if you get caught.
Plumeria's are so plentiful in HI, why take a chance.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:44 AM
Location: Maui
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Thanks, I will look into bringing it in "officially" and if it's going to be too much of a hassle than I'll just forget about it all toghter, with everything else I have to do I just don't need the exta stress.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:48 PM
Location: Indiana
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Hawaii is full of many cultivars of Plumeria (frangipani). The cuttings are quite tough. It would be fine if you took the cutting and kept it dry, but you might have to get it inspected upon your arrival in Hawaii. Really Hawaii is Plumeria "heaven" so you will find lots of them available in nurseries for you to purchase, once you get there.
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