About our Callused Cuttings

Florida Colors Nursery is always trying to make it easier for customers to care for plumeria. Starting June 5th we will be offering Callused Cutting. We are doing everything we can to make sure you have a great plumeria experience by dramatically improving your chances growing plumeria from cuttings. 

Allowing the cuttings to callus is required to form roots. Even though our Callused cutting are well callused and many will have already started forming roots, you should still treat it as a newly callused cutting.

  • Leave in the tube for now. You can secure the tube in a pot fulled with pea gravel or similar.
  • Place in a warm dry place with partial sun.
  • Allow plenty of air circulation.
  • If the cutting gets dehydrated or shows wrinkles, lightly mist every day until the wrinkles are gone or at least minimized.
  • Watch the tips as they should be green and starting to grow leaves right away.
  • Check the cutting often to be sure they are not getting soft on the top and in the middle. If you find any indication of it getting soft, please contact us.
  • Allow the cutting to form 3 or 4 full sized leaves before potting, it may take several weeks to several months, depending on your temps and the cultivar.
  • After the leaves have formed, water once or twice a week, but be sure to allow the soil dry between watering.
  • The sooner they are planted after growing leaves, the better they will do.

Potting soil mix preparation

  • Use a mixture of 1 part coil, 1 part peat, 1 part Perlite. Make sure you soil mix is well draining.
  • Moisten the potting mixture until it holds together but is not dripping water.

Potting in a 1 gal pot (larger if needed for big cuttings) with lots of drain holes with the potting mix. 

  • Use one pot for each cutting
  • Fill the pot about 1/2 full and set the rooted cutting in the center of the pot, being careful no to damage the new roots.
  • Gently firm the soil around the cutting.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Excalibur Plumeria Fertilizer around the soil surface.
  • Fill the pot up with soil covering the fertilizer.
  • Water well and add more soil if needed to fill the pot and water again to wet the soil.
  • Plumeria love water but they do not like their roots to stay wet.
  • If needed use bamboo stakes to keep the cutting from moving. Movement for wind or animals could break the newly formed roots.

Place your potted cutting in a warm location and move to full sun after a week or so of exposing it to more sun each day.

  • After about 6-8 weeks you should be able to treat your newly rooted plumeria normally.
  • Check the soil and water when the soil is dry. I suggest a water meter from Lowes or Home Depot, it allows you to make sure your soil doesn't get too dry or too wet.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email to or give us a call at 305-258-1086.