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What are Plumeria?
Plumeria is a tropical flowering tree named after Charles Plumier.
They are also the main source for Hawaiian Leis.
Are Plumeria cold hardy?
No. Protect Plumeria below 40 Deg
How are they propagated?
Plumeria can be propagated by seeds or cuttings.
What are "cuttings"?
cutting is a pruned plumeria branch that will be planted, rooted
grown as a new plant. (cutting size is usually 12 to 18 inches)
When is the best time
to start cuttings & seeds?
but only after the last frost in your area.
How much sun do Plumeria
For best results, Plumeria need at least 6 hours of direct sun.
They will grow in less sun, but usually don't flower as well.
Can I grow Plumeria indoors?
No. If one uses grow lights indoors, yes, but without Grow lights
you will be very disappointed. Plumerias are an outside plant.
How long does it take
new cuttings to bloom?
1 to 3 growing seasons. There are lots of variables, sun, water,
How should I water my
You should water as needed, which in the winter is not much and in the
summer can be twice a day. When in doubt keep your plumeria on the
What type of fertilizer
should I use?
One with a high (P) Phosphorus content like "Peters Super Blossom Booster"
Phosphorus is the middle # in the fertilizer analysis.
How often should I fertilize?
At least every 2 weeks during the growing season
and NONE during the Fall and Winter.
Why is my new cutting
soft and squishy?
This is called "Stem Rot" or "Black Leg" it is caused by a fungus and
accelerated soggy soil. You can treat with a fungicide and it might come
but cuttings with Stem Rot usually die.
(This is why a light Perlite soil mix is a must for new cuttings)
Why is my Plumeria just
a stick, where are the branches?
Plumeria only grow from the terminal growth tip, and do not force out
new branches below the growth tip. This is why a high Phosphorus
is so important, because when a plumeria blooms, it branches. And if you
fertilize it won't bloom and if it doesn't bloom you have just a stick.
Why won't my 3 year old
A three year old Plumeria should bloom. Move it into more direct
and fertilize with a "high Phosphorus" fertilizer (Frequently).
Water whenever it needs it, not on a weekly or any other schedule.
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