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Naming seedlings, why you should wait

Renegade Small

The flowers of the plumeria can change quite a lot over the first few years and not just from the heat or climate. To register a plumeria it needs to have flowered a minimum of 3 times and the reason is that they can look totally different from their first bloom to their 3rd or 4th bloom, sometimes even longer. As a seedling grower I have planted many thousands of seeds and watched them grow to fruition, while a lot are nothing out of the ordinary occasionally you can end up with a real stunner but it may not be obvious with the first flowering.

I have had flowers with just a touch of colour turn into real beauties in  the following years while some that started out looking like they were going to be great turned into something less than first thought. Below are just a sample of the difference between first flowerings and flowerings in the following years, all these pics are the first and most recent flowering.

The first year this one flowered I could see something great and Flame as a name was easily thought of but with the third flowering it changed quite a bit, thinking up a name now is a bit harder, parent tree is Kona Hybrid.


The first few years this one flowered it was a very small flower with pale yellow colouring but after the 4th flowering it changed into a real beauty, nice orange colouring and a bigger flower, parent tree is Paul Weissich


This one again looked interesting in its first flowering, the slightly curled petals with the darker stripe up the centres with a hint of yellow had a few possibilities. The third flowering though was again something really great, she maintained the curl but the stripe had an solid one of yellow added to it, she also kept the little kinks in the tips of the petals but more pronounced, parent is a unknown thai hybrid.

Colour changes can be caused by a few different things but as you can see from these pics the actual flower itself can go through a lot of changes on its own  in the first few years. This is why you need to wait before registering a new seedling, also why you need to wait a few years before naming them, you could end up with something else entirely.

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Dennis Schmidt

Dennis SchmidtBetter known in Australia and elsewhere as the Frangipani Man (now also Thai Frangipani), resulted from doing frangipani shows/helping growers around the country and my website Been growing frangipani now for quite a number of years now, originally started out growing mainly from seed when not many people were doing it so I had to develop my own methods and shared them with everyone when they proved very successful. Managed/started up a few frangipani nurseries/farms in Australia (biggest has over 6,000 trees) but now live in Thailand where I can get much quicker results with my cross pollination work - still like to experiment and work out the best methods to do things with them but really enjoy helping others, I am not really a frangipani seller, I give away more than I sell to promote others growing them; it has become a passion. My new frangipani grove here is a work in progress and everyone is welcome. I am a member of the Frangipani Society of Australia (webmaster) and the Plumeria Society of America as well as several other internet plumeria/frangipani groups/societies.View all posts by Dennis Schmidt →