Looking for something a little more exotic? Plumerias also known as frangipani and Hawaiian lei flower are tropical trees famous for their gorgeous flowers which are used to make leis (floral garlands). In regions with cold winters, plumerias can be grown in containers and brought indoors when the weather cools in autumn.
Plumerias have thick stems, leathery leaves, and an abundance of flowers from early summer until autumn. In the tropics some varieties can grow to a height of over 30 feet. Shorter varieties can be planted and pruned into a large hedge. Plumeria’s waxy flowers are very fragrant and if you plant them close to windows or patios you can enjoy their enticing fragrance. Flower colours include pink, red, white, and yellow. Plumerias are often planted in containers and make excellent cut flowers.
Rooting Plumeria Cuttings
Plumerias need very good drainage. You can use cactus mix combined with pumice or Perlite to improve the drainage. Plumerias will grow in poor soils and still produce an acceptable plant.
- If your soil drainage is poor, plant your plumeria in a raised planter bed with a good draining mix.
- Plumerias can successfully be grown as container plants.
- Plumerias require at least 1 inch of rain (or equivalent watering) each week.
- More water may be required for plumerias growing in containers, but don’t overwater or the trunks will rot.
- Feed plants twice a month during the growing season with a high phosphorous fertilizer.
- Plumerias normally require little pruning, but any shaping should be done in spring.
- Plumerias are sensitive to cold and should be protected when temperatures dip into the 40Fs.
- Check periodically for pests such as spider mites, white flies, and mealybugs. Use a horticultural oil or insecticidal soap to control these pests.