First Czechoslovak Garden Club of America

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June 2011 Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on August 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM


Our speaker for June was Nick Janakas. He is a Master Gardener who specialized in Plumeria. Plumeria are tropical plants that are used to make leis. There are many varieties and colors. Each color has its own fragrance. Nick has a 14 foot Plumeria plant which he adopted. It took 3 people to move it to his house! Here are some tips Nick told the club: Plumeria are tropical plants that can grow outdoors in Chicago from June to about September. Then they must be dug up and placed in either a greenhouse or your house. Plumeria can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The plants only seed by the ocean. The seeds take a lot of heat and light (they are tropical) and flower in 5 years. It is much easier to get a cutting. When you get a cutting cut of a small part at the end and dip it in a hormone mixture. Nick liked Super Thrive with a vitamin hormone mixture but you cannot get it any more with a fungicide. The next best thing is Rootone (a root hormone powder). Put the cutting in a pot with mushroom compost and water with Miracle Grow. For more information got to

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