♥ I first fell in love with Plumerias “Frangipani Trees” when I went to Hawaii on a summer vacation. Taking in their fragrance in their native setting is something to put on anyone’s bucket list. I purchased a little plumeria stalk at the airport in an envelope sized plastic case and without any effort stuck it in a pot in the backyard when I got home. The following summer came the first pinwheel bloom and I have been collecting and growing plumerias ever since.
This year I decided to fertilize my plumerias every 3 months throughout the year and then 2x a month during the growing season. I have listened other plumeria experts give their advice on low feeding and I had very partial blooms the previous year from too little feeding. This year was different though and by increasing the feeding I in turn received an abundance of blooms.
I have them decorating and creating amazing aromas all over the house in flower frogs.
Tips for Plumerias: not expert advice, only what worked for me this year.
1. Lots of water: 2 to 3 times a week . On average they grow best with 1 inch of rain per week. In California we have to simulate the rain with the hose.
2. 10-30-10 fertilizer: Feed every 3 months and 2x a month in the growing season.
3. Keep plumerias in 40 degree or above temperatures year round. This is a tropical plant.
4. Well drained soil. They grow great in pots.
5. 6 or more hours of sun per day. Some partial shade is ideal.
6. Spray with soap spray to rid of pests.
Best tip: Go out and get some plumeria plants, put them in pots and enjoy them!
♥ a garden blog ♥