Growing Plumeria is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know how to care for Plumeria plants, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely fragrant flower. Plumerias are tropical trees famous for their gorgeous flowers. The leaves are obovate shape and the tip of the leaf is pointed. The yellow flowers of this species are borne in clusters that form at the ends of the branches on a long thick stalk. Branches are upright and rather crowded on the trunk forming a vase or umbrella shape with age.
|Common Name||Champa, frangipani, Hawaiian lei flower.|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Upto 30 feet at maturity.|
|Bloom Time||June – November.|
Planting And Care
Plumerias require at least 1 inch of rain (or equivalent watering) each week. More water may be required for plumerias growing in containers, but don t overwater or the trunks will rot. Feed plants twice a month during the growing season with a high phosphorous fertilizer.
Plumerias normally require little pruning, but any shaping should be done in spring. Plumerias are sensitive to cold and should be protected when temperatures dip into the 40Fs. Check periodically for pests such as spider mites, white flies, and mealybugs.
Plumeria care, for the most part, is minimal. While plumerias dont like wet feet, they should be watered deeply when irrigated and then allowed to dry out some before watering again. They also need to be fertilized about every two to three weeks throughout their active growing season. Reduce watering in mid fall and stop completely once the plants enter dormancy in winter. Resume regular watering as new growth appears in spring. A high phosphate (phosphorus) fertilizer, like 10-30-10, will help encourage blooms. Giving them too much nitrogen will only result in more foliage growth and less flowering.
Plumerias may be pruned as needed (up to 12 inches from ground) in late winter or early spring (prior to new growth); however, any drastic or hard pruning done may reduce flowering. These plants can also be propagated by seeds or cuttings in spring, with cuttings being the easiest and most preferred method. Insert cuttings about 2 inches in potting mix and water thoroughly.
- Keep the plant in natural indirect bright Light.
- Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
- Water when top soil (1-2inches) feels dry to touch.
- Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.
|Temperature||prefers plenty of indirect sunlight|
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