Plumeria Flowers – Fragrant Tropical Beauty
Plumeria flowers (also called frangipani flowers) are well-known for
their intense fragrance and beautiful pinwheel shaped blooms.
Plumeria flower colors include white, yellow, red, pink, or a
Plant a frangipani tree in your garden or landscape to create a
fragrant outdoor paradise.
A common species of the plumeria tree is the Plumeria Rubra, also
referred to as Frangipini. This plant is native to Mexico, Venezuela,
and Central America.
Plumeria also grow abundantly in Hawaii, and are a popular flower used
to make Hawaiian leis.
The frangipani tree will grow up to 25 feet tall, with a spread of 20
to 25 feet wide. The leaves are two to four inches wide, eight to
twelve inches in length, and glossy green in color. Frangipani flowers
grow in clusters, are 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and consist of five
petals that are spiral in shape.
Plumeria flowers grow in clusters, and will bloom June through November
in USDA hardiness zones 10B through 11. As the plumeria tree grows in
height, its branches spread out from the trunk to form a canopy, or
Care - Indoors
If you live in a cold climate, you can grow plumerias in containers.
Containers can be sunk in the ground or stay above ground.
They are portable, and can be easily moved indoors during the cold
months for over wintering.
Tips for Over Wintering
Store this small tree in a dry, protected location, such as
a shed, garage, basement, or attic.
Plumeria fall dormant during the winter, and do not require
water. If stored in a warm, dry location, you might want to water once
– Should not be below freezing.
Removing From Storage
– When temperatures remain above 50 degrees, it’s
time to bring plumeria out of winter storage. Place the tree in a warm,
sunny location for optimal growth and flowering.
The best time to plant plumeria trees is in the spring. Frangipani
grows best in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
Plumeria flowers produce an exotic fragrance, a perfect addition for
outdoor tropical landscapes and gardens.
When planted in a container, this tree can be easily moved indoors for
How to Grow Plumeria
Plumeria rubra grows in USDA hardiness zones 10B-11. This flowering
tree will thrive when planted in rich, organic soil with good drainage.
For optimal growth and flowering, plant the plumeria tree in a location
that receives direct sunlight.
- Dig a hole 2-3 times the diameter of the root ball. Note:
should be as deep as the root ball is tall.
- Carefully remove the root ball from the container.
- Place the root ball in the hole – the top of the root ball
visible at the soil surface.
- Fill in the hole with soil. Note: Water the plant during
process to prevent air pockets.
- Form a basin around the plant to hold water until it drains
down to the
roots of the plant.
- If planting more than one frangipani, space trees 20 to 25
- Water when top two inches of soil feels dry to the touch.
equivalent of one inch of rain each week.
- Choose a healthy limb for a cutting. Two or more growing
- Cut a length of twelve to eighteen inches.
- With sharp pruning shears, make a clean cut at an angle.
- Remove all leaves.
- Place cutting in a dry location for a minimum of three days
the cut end to heal.
- Plant in a container, using rich, organic potting soil.
steak the cutting. Place container in direct sunlight.
- It can take up to eight weeks for signs of leaf