How To Grow and Care Plumeria Plants

Plumeria plants (Plumeria sp), also known as Lei and Frangipani flowers, are actually small trees native to tropical regions.

The flowers of these beautiful plants are used to make traditional Hawaiian necklaces. They are very fragrant and bloom freely from spring to fall in various colors such as white, yellow, pink, and red.

These flowers stand out very well in the middle of the broadleaf foliage, which can be evergreen or deciduous, depending on the type.

Although you don't have to live in the tropics to grow plumeria in the garden, you need to know its growing needs beforehand.

How to grow plumeria plants

These plants often grow in the garden as ornamental shrubs or small trees, plumeria plants should be grown in well-drained, slightly acidic soil.

They also need at least six hours of full sun. Although plants are quite tolerant of salt and wind conditions, they are not cold tolerant and must be protected.

Therefore, they must be grown in containers in colder regions. In areas that can be hot most of the time, but are still quite prone to cold winters, the plant can be dug up and hibernated indoors.

Alternatively, you can sink container-grown plumerias into the ground, bringing them indoors when temperatures begin to drop in the fall.

Once the warmer temperatures return in spring, you can return the plants to the outdoors. When growing plumeria in pots, use a thick, well-draining potting mix; the cactus mix or perlite and sand should be sufficient.

Taking care of plumeria

Plumeria care, for the most part, is minimal. Although plumerias don't like wet feet, they should be watered deeply when watered and then allowed to dry a bit before watering again.

They should also be fertilized every two to three weeks during the active growing season. Reduce watering in mid-fall and stop completely when plants are dormant in winter.

Resume regular watering as new growth appears in spring. A fertilizer that is high in phosphate (phosphorous), such as 10-30-10, will help stimulate flowering.

Giving them too much nitrogen will only result in more foliage growth and less flowering. Plumeria can be pruned as needed, up to 12 inches (31 cm) of soil in late winter or early spring (before it grows back), however, any drastic or difficult pruning can reduce blooming.

These plants can also be propagated by seed or cuttings in spring, with cuttings being the easiest and preferred method. Insert the seedlings about 5 cm into the potting mix and water well.

We hope you enjoy this video about growing plumeria plants:

Source: Rogers Gardens

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