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Caring for your Plumeria 101

Caring for your Plumeria / Frangipani Plumeria, also known as Frangipani or Hawaiian lei flower, is an exotic tropical plant that is easy to grow. It can be easily maintained as a small tree grown in a container on the patio or in the garden. Sun Requirements Plumeria love sun, the more the better. Plumeria require at least 6 to …

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Re-potting Plumerias

I like to re-pot my potted plumerias once they wake up late winter or early spring. Potting soil loses its nutrients over time, so it’s good to get some new, nutrient-rich soil in there. Of course, this is expensive to do every year, so at least keep your feeding/fertilizing program up. Here is a video I produced with some techniques …

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Save Your Seeds

If your plants have seed pods, it’s time to start thinking about trapping the seeds when the pod opens. If you don’t put something on the pod to catch the seeds, they will fly away in the wind, because they’re so lightweight, or they’ll drop on the ground and can be hard to see. What you can use: Mesh bag: …

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Early-Season Feeding Regimen

I’m a big believer in starting to feed my plumerias toward late winter. Even if the plants aren’t awake yet, I want to feed the soil with some yummy organics, so when the plants wake up and the roots start to absorb again, they’ll be in a nutrient-rich environment. I try to get this done mid-late February before we get …

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Overwatering your Plumeria

At one time or another we all overwater our plumeria or you may live in a heavy rainfall area and had flooding problems. Overwatering, prolonged heavy rainfall or flooding can cause havoc on your plumeria. Poor drainage can also contribute to this problem. Anaerobic Soil Overwatering your soil causes your soil to be waterlogged, not a healthy environment for plumeria to live. Much like …

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Is my plumeria dying?

This is the most common question asked in the late fall. Many new plumeria growers just do not know that plumerias go dormant over winter. But this is the annual, traditional rite of passage into winter, or dormancy. Soon all the leaves turn yellow and will fall off and it will need no more water until new leaves emerge in the …

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A thorough overview of plumerias

This is a PowerPoint presentation I did for the Jefferson Co. Master Gardeners and visitors. I tried to cover all the important issues facing plumeria growers. Download PDF

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DAP – Plumeria Wound Care

DAP is a great tool to have for wound care. I use it to seal the tops of my mid cuts, broken branches and i even use it to cover my ugly grafts. You can purchase it at just about any home improvement store and it is not that bad on the pocket book. There are also different range of …

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Use this, not this, for cutting branches

It’s critically important to get a clean, flush cut when cutting a branch of a plumeria off with the purpose of rooting it. Unfortunately most growers use standard pruners. But look at it closely…only the top blade is designed for cutting. The bottom blade is usually flat. That means when you make a cut with these on the soft flesh …

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Best Tip: Writing on your Pots

The best product I have found for writing on my pots is a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pen. You can buy them at Michael’s Craft Stores, online at Amazon, or at Office Depot. What is your favorite way to write on a pot?

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