How to Cut Plumerias

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Cutting plumerias helps them stay healthy and grow properly. Cut plumerias with help from a certified nursery professional in this free video clip.

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Tropical Plant Nursery and Host of Florida Gardening at 970 wfla.com on Sundays from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. every Sunday morning. Hey sometimes, its necessary to cut Plumerias. Today, we're going to find out how to properly cut Plumerias. Well, when you have a large tree, sometimes the Plumeria kind of gets out of balance, just like the Plumeria I have right above my head here. Now, if, when you have criss crossing branches or branches that look maybe deceased, it's time to cut those out of the way. And what's good about cutting back on Plumerias is the fact that you can use those Plumeria cuttings to start new plant with. Today, the only tool that you're going to need is a good pair of pruning shears and you can use those pruning shears to make nice straight cuts on your Plumerias. Whenever I make a cut out of my Plumeria, I try to make the cut near a, a nice branch and I make clean cuts with the pruning shears and I always make sure my cuts are on an angle towards the ground so that when the cut area heals, it does not allow water to sit and rot your Plumeria. So, today, let's find a couple of good places where we're going to go ahead and cut a couple of branches off. I've got a nice deceased branch right above my head here; I'm going to go ahead and cut this one off right now with my pruning shears. Okay, we're going to cut this branch off right here, right next to the stem with a straight up and down cut. As you see this particular branch was deceased and is cracked in here, so it's a good one to remove from your tree. And I see a couple of branches that are over hanging over here too and we're going to take another nice cut on, on an angle, straight, almost straight up and down. Remember, we don't want water to sit in the wound. So, we're going to make our cut just about straight up and down and here we go. After we've made our cutting, you want to always remove the leaves from the cutting. So, we're just going to peel the leaves back and remove the leaves. They come off very easily and we're just going to pull them right out off the tree just like this. Next, we're going to take our pruning shears and cut these cuttings into sizes that we can go ahead and root off the plant. So, I like to get cuttings at least eight to ten inches in size and I can see a few of this tip cuttings here will be perfect on that. So, I'm going to go ahead and show you how cut this. I'm going to make my first cut right here; then, I'm going to make another cut and another cut. All the rest of those cuttings we're going to be able to start new plants from. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Tropical Plant Nursery and this is the proper way to prune your plants.

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