Plumeria plants , which are also known as Lei flowers and Frangipani, are actually small trees that are native to tropical regions. The flowers of these beautiful plants are used in making traditional Hawaiian leis. They are highly fragrant and bloom freely from spring throughout fall in multiple colors like white, yellow, pink, and red. These flowers stand out nicely amid the large-leaved foliage, which may be evergreen or deciduous, depending on the type. Often grown in the garden as an ornamental shrub or small tree, plumeria plants need to be grown in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. They also need at least six hours of full sun.
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Returning customers know that once the weather brings in warmer temperatures that stay, plumeria soon arrives at the nurseries. These highly sought after tropical trees are coveted for their intensely fragrant and beautiful blooms that can easily transport ones mind to island time. No need to spend an arm and leg on vacation expenses to see plumeria; just head in to Rainbow Gardens during the early summer months. Today we are talking about how to take of these tropical beauties in your San Antonio gardens.
Light requirement: Plumeria need full to mostly full sun, as you probably deduced by plumeria being a tropical plant. A minimum of hours of sunshine is best to get those fragrant flowers blooming. Tropical in nature, they are cold sensitive and will need winter protection.
Pot size: Plumeria need to be planted in pots optimal to supporting their growth. Soil: Soil should be acidic, light, and well-draining; something along the lines of a cactus and succulent potting mix soil is best. Regular potting soils, if used, should be amended with peat moss, perlite, or something of that nature to lighten soil, increase its water draining ability, and to increase soil acidity for spectacular blooms.
Fertilizer Plumeria are heavy feeders. Slightly acidic soil is preferred for plumerias. You can help this by choosing acidic fertilizers to feed your plant. Look for fertilizers with a high phosphate number on the bag middle number to keep those blooms going. Water needs: While plumeria can go for extended periods without water, you MUST water more often when your plants are small, new, and just getting established.
They will need to be brought in from outside during the winter season. This is the best…plumeria go dormant over winter, meaning they need no light, no water, and no soil at this time and will still remain alive! Yes, really! You can remove your plumeria from its pot, use a gentle hand to remove the soil from around its roots, and store your plant in an unheated garage, the attic, or a spare room if you have one. Ooh… a spare room just for plants, sounds heavenly!
Your plumeria will be fine throughout winter, unattended to. Once spring rolls in again and all danger of frost has passed, pot your plumeria back up and get ready to enjoy it again for another warm season!
Go get you one! Truly enjoyed the article. Fun and playful wording showing enthusiasm for gardening. Thank you. Thank you so much Joan! I have had 2 plumerias for years. One is tall and thin with red blooms and the other squat with bodious white lovely blossoms. I think the white. They spend the winter in the garage. Maybe a little work moving them back and forth but definitely worth it.
Thank you for your info Susan. Yes, most likely you are getting more blooms on the white one due to sun exposure. I am glad to hear it sounds like you enjoy your plumerias as much as we enjoy ours! Thanks for the compliments! Yes, when we finally are able to bring in rosemary to the nurseries, it flies out the doors! Love the fact that it can over winter in the dark garage, no back and forth for sunlight, much easier on the owner. Your email address will not be published.
Email me when someone replies to my comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Plant in a pot too big and the soil may stay too wet. A general rule of thumb is to use a 1 gallon pot for each foot of trunk length. Yes, you may be repotting a few times, but you will know that your plumeria has the correct amount of spacing for its roots.
Pots with only one hole can get clogged or blocked by the tap root easily. Pro Tip: Use black nursery containers to pot up your plumeria. They have ample drainage holes for water to flow freely, and they are cheap! You can buy a few different sizes to easily bump up to the next size needed as your plumeria grows.
Buy a pretty ceramic pot and put the black nursery pot inside to hide it. Place large river rocks around the nursery pot for stability and aesthetic purposes. When your tree outgrows the first pot, simply pull out the nursery pot, repot to larger size, and arrange it back in your decorative pot.
Easy peasy. Small pots may need to be watered daily, but you will need to be observant. Plumeria need to be able to dry out between watering. In heavy periods of rain, like we experienced a week or so ago, you may need to move your pot under a shelter to prevent oversaturation.
Stick your finger in the soil a couple of inches into the soil for to test for soil moisture. Again, allow them to dry out between waterings. Thank you Richard! It truly means a lot that you took the time to read our musings. Yes, I love the winter care for this tropical plant too! Easy peasy! Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
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Plumerias can be grown in the ground or containers as indoors or on a balcony. During the months of active growth, ample sun, food, and water are essential. Healthy plumeria will grow vigorously and bloom regularly and profusely when they receive at least 6 hours of full sun per day and an ample amount of the proper fertilisers. In winter season Plumeria foliage starts turning yellow and even starting to defoliate.
That's because this tropical plant is easy to grow and care for in our more temperate climates. You do have to protect it in the winter time.
My Plumeria needs repotting. What is the best soil and pot type? What amount of sunlight is best — morning, noon? Watering schedule? Question from Jean of Diamond Bar, California. There are many species that have been bred to create a fine array of colorful varieties—nearly garden varieties are registered. There are several things that plumerias need to grow well.
Blooming plumeria as a small landscape tree in Malaga, Spain. Plumeria is a genus of eleven species of shrubs and small trees in the dogbane family Apocynaceae native to tropical America from Brazil to Mexico and the Caribbean. With common names of plumeria and frangipani, a few species and hybrids are grown as ornamentals in tropical and sub-tropical areas worldwide for the attractive and fragrant flowers. The name frangipani comes from the name of a 16th century Italian nobleman who created a perfume with a similar scent.
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Temperature: it resists very high summer temperatures. It doesn't tolerate frosts and below-freezing temperatures. It is advisable to place the pomelia indoor in winter. Outdoor placement is suggested only in temperate climate. Life cycle: the pomelia naturally loses its leaves in winter and it doesn't need waterings. In spring it grows, and in summer blooms.
Plumeria are fragrant, flowering shrubs that are easy to grow in frost-free, water-wise gardens. Where is their native habitat? Watch our show, Intoxicating Plumeria to find out. Propagating Plumeria is pretty straightforward, even for a beginner. Spring and summer are good times to propagate Plumeria from cuttings. I have a plant 2 feet tall in a pot. How many grafts can l do in one season.
How to Care for Plumeria Trees · Watering: Water your plumeria regularly so the soil never dries out completely. · Fertilizing: During the peak.
Plumeria is the fast-growing blossoms belonging from the family of Apocynaceae and consists of seven species who lose their leaves in the fall. They grow back in the spring, grows like a small tree in tropical regions with vibrant colors and incredible fragrance. The flower has multiple shades of yellow, white, pink, and red with two or more shaded colors. These are also known as Lei Flowers and Frangipani.
The unusual frangipani tree, with large leaves and bright summer blooms, can turn a ho-hum landscape into an exotic, tropical showplace. Often called plumeria tree its scientific name , the frangipani is the proverbial Ugly Duckling in winter - losing its foliage and leaving you with an oddly-shaped bunch of sticks in the ground. Luckily winters are short here in South Florida, though many a newcomer to South Florida has been known to pull out a frangipani tree in winter, thinking it's dead. In spring, the frangipani is transformed into the Beautiful Swan Flowers of the frangipani tree come in shades of pink, yellow, white, red and multi-colors, and they're fragrant even more so at night as well.
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Being based in San Diego, most of the plumeria care information is directed to the specific needs of growers in Southern California; however, growers around the world may find useful tips if they are adjusted for their specific growing season and climate. Plumerias need very good drainage. The basic mix we recommend is cactus mix combined with pumice or Perlite to improve the drainage; others add with redwood chips or other compost.