Plumerias come in all colours of the rainbow – from pure white to deep red, from pale pink to butter lemon to the vibrant shades of yellows, golds, oranges, peach, mango, lilac, blood red and so on.
They also come in bi-colours and tricolours with striped petals. And now there are many varieties developed with various shades of leaf variegations. Petal shapes also vary from thick, overlapping scalloped petals to thin, elongated ones.
The fragrances of Plumeria flowers are diverse - ranging from coconut to jasmine, including citrus, rose, honeysuckle, raspberry, spice, apricot, peach etc. Each and every Frangipani variety has unique fragrance!
The flowers are used for making scents and perfumes.
Fresh flowers of Plumerias are scattered in pools and bowls for decoration. Plumerias are slow growing with swollen, succulent limbs with milky latex (The latex is not deadly except when taken in large quantities). The large, thick leaves are whorled around the tips of woody branches.
Plumerias prefer bright sunlight and moderate humidity for optimum growth and require at least 6 to 7 hours of direct sun every day. No special care is required in the peak summer also. They grow well in light soils having good drainage but struggle in clay soils, where it is hard for water to drain away.
For the old container plants, if their roots have filled the container, the plants to be repotted in spring to a slightly bigger pot.
Top-dressing is needed every year by removing the top 2 to 3 inches of soil in the pot and replacing it with fresh soil mixed with manure.
The size of the plant can be controlled by pruning, and by doing so more branching out and thereby more blooming occurs. Pruning operation can be done in late winter or early spring. While pruning, make a sharp and slant cut just above node. Thinning out about 20 per cent of the canopy of the mature plant is good to do every few years; it opens up the branches, allows light in and reduces stem rot.
Propagation of Plumerias is easier when compared to many garden plants. Take about one foot long stem tip cuttings in spring, allow them to dry for 4-5 days, and plant them in potting medium.
The cuttings will start rooting in 15-20 days. They can also be propagated through layering, grafting and from seeds.
Plumerias are very hardy and have very few insect or disease problems. During wet, cool weather frangipanis can be at risk of root / stem rot, caused by fungus. To reduce the risk, remove the spongy branches, reduce watering and spray fungicide.
In cool and moist regions Plumerias are also susceptible to scale (insect) and rust (fungus) problems, which can be solved with minor doses of insecticide and fungicide sprays.
|sunlight||Require at least 6 to 7 hours of direct sun every day.|
|Soil||Peat moss based potting mix.|
|Water||Plumerias require profuse watering but the top soil shall be dried out before the next watering. On the onset of winter the frequency of watering shall be reduced and totally stopped after all the leaves are shed in the deciduous varieties and resumed in|
|Fertilizer||Feed spring through fall with high-phosphorus fertilizer to promote blooming.|
|Bloom Time||Generally, small plumeria seedlings will not bloom until the tree is three years old, but they may bloom sooner if conditions are right. Plumeria will bloom throughout the summer months. If your Plumeria does not bloom, move the tree to a location with mo|
|Height of the Item||1.0 Ft|
|In The Box||One Plant without Pot|
|Disclaimer||The image is for reference purpose only. Actual plant may vary from the image shown as it is a natural plant and will vary piece to piece.|
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