Plumeria spp. is a medium, flowering ornamental tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America to Brazil. It is a member of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) and known by its common name plumeria or frangipani. It is also known as the Hawaiian lei flower for its use in creating leis and Haku lei (crowns). It is easy to grow in hot and dry areas. It has widespread use in tropical landscapes around the world and is frequently associated with temples and graveyards.
- Common name: Frangipani, Pagoda tree
- Botanical name: Plumeria spp. L.
- Height: 10-15 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
- Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade.
- Water requirement: Moderate, don’t over water.
- Bloom Color: White, Yellow, Pink and Red
- Bloom Time: Year-round flowering, Flowers in flushes throughout the year
- Foliage: Green Shiny, Leathery textured.
- Propagation Methods: From woody stem cuttings, by grafting or by air layering.
- Uses in landscape: Accent tree, suitable for road median planting, suitable for avenue planting, look good near water bodies.
General information about growing plumeria
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 fertilizers. Plumeria love lots of water, but can’t tolerate wet feet, so they must be planted in highly organic fast-draining soil.
How to care in the winter season for Plumeria?
In winter season Plumerias foliage starts turning yellow and even starting to defoliate. Fortunately, this is a natural response to the local climate turning cool to cold. It is very common for Plumerias at this time of the year.
Depending on the variety and flower color, some plants will either start partially or completely defoliating around November. Don’t worry. It’s beneficial for plants to go dormant. They store their energy until the weather warms up, then pushes new foliage and flowers.
Caring for your Plumerias in the winter is simple. If you wish for them to continue blooming and maintain lush foliage, then simply bring them inside your home in a well-lit place. Make sure to water thoroughly and drain well before bringing them inside. Watering is usually not necessary while they are inside, but this depends on how large the container. If your plants have no leaves, better to not water them at all until they start to push new foliage in the spring. It is not necessary to add fertilizers at this time.
I hope this information will help you to take care of this wonderful tropical plant in winter season!
Once you know the tricks for plumeria plant care, you’ll be rewarded with fragrant flowers all year long!