Plumeria aka Frangipani trees

I picked up three of these when I went to Hawaii. They all began to leaf out in late May and the first one flowered the first week of June. This is the flower used in the lei necklaces. In Hawaii it will grow into a small tree about 30′ with a dense canopy that is usually trimmed to an umbrella shape. Here it is more likely to remain shrub like. When properly shaped it will look a bit like a rhododendron.

Here in Houston it must be potted up when the lows start to dip into the 40’s. Plumerias are rated for zones 9-11. Many people have been leaving them out in the yard all year. That is what I’m doing. They really want to be zone 10-11. ( these did not survive the freezes we had last winter )

Plumeria prefers full sun but will tolerate a half day of sun, watering needs are average.

Flowering can last up to 3 months at a time.

Leaves drop when temperatures dip into the 50s. Plumeria must be protected from frost.

Propagate by cuttings in spring. Remove a branch, let the sap dry ( about a week ), dust with rotting hormone and pot it up.

This is a member of oleander family, the sap may bother some people.

Plumeria rubra have red, pink or white flowers, plumeria obtusa have white flowers with yellow centers.

If your fertilizer is too high in nitrogen they may not bloom despite sufficient sun. Use a fertilizer that is more balanced.

If we do get a bad winter. Prune some branches, let them dry a week, then plant them up in pots so’ll you’ll have some new ones to grow come spring.

2 thoughts on “Plumeria aka Frangipani trees

  1. I like Teas but I generally just but flowers there. My favorite garden center by far is Houston Plant And Gardens. Ive been to all three locations.

    If you ever go to teas on Bellaire be sure to say hello to Mr. Teas. Is is there quite a bit and still tends to the plants. The man is an encyclopedia of plant knowledge, and a nice fellow to boot.

  2. I still have not been by that nursery yet. Once the weather cools a little I’m hoping to get to more of the nurseries in the city.

    I will look for Mr Teas. I bet he is fascinating to talk to.

    We’re very sorry to hear about the fire at Cornelius Nursery and hope they do get back up and running in time for the fall plantings.

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