Many plumeria enthusiasts go to great lengths to ensure successful germination and growth of seedlings. (For the record I am not a fan of growing from seed, I just don’t have the attention span for it and prefer to leave it to the experts.) When rooting we try to control every possible variable – heat, light, potting medium, nutrients etc. and spend countless hours doing research and experimenting. After a successful rooting based on a set of parameters we concoct, we will declare that particular method a success. But maybe it was just luck – maybe a seed will do what it intends to do, with or without our help (or in spite of) with the tiniest amounts of moisture, light, and nutrients. A couple of years ago a seedpod opened on a tree and some seeds dropped before I could harvest them. A few months later, about a dozen had sprouted in the shade with very little sun, on some rocks. Yes rocks. Big white marble chips a few inches deep, with layers of pebble underneath. Several inches down is a mix of sand, shell, and who knows what if any kind of soil. As if that wasn’t impressive, these tiny, tender seedlings also survived a brutal winters with record low temperatures that injured and killed many large trees. So perhaps we spend a little too much time (and money) over analyzing the process. Or maybe I have discovered a “super terrific mega plumeria”. I’ll be hanging to to a few of these seedlings just in case.
April 20, 2011 by