I have a major obsession and
passion with the Plumeria (also known as frangipani) plant or tree as
it's turned out to be on my property. Having had the
opportunity to surf and travel througout many of the Tropical Islands,
Mexico and the Southwest US I couldn't help but notice this beautiful
and fragrant plant growing along the shoreline and in the tropical
forests everywhre. So about ten years ago I began collecting and
propagating various Plumaria species throughout the world. It's
definitely one of the mostÂ passionate and beautiful plants on our
You can grow Plumeria anywhere and in any climate as long as you take some precaution and safety measures to protect them.
They are a tropical seasonal plant going dormant in the winter and they
need pruning and cutting back every year. But it's easy and fun to do.
All you need is some hand pruners and root hormone which can be
purchased at Home Depot, Lowes or any garden center.
The beauty is that it all starts with one small ugly little cutting that looks like a scraggly old mans leg
(Check out some of the links below for a more comprehensive overview
and photos). You can plant it in the ground if you're in a tropical and
warm climate and leave it there to grow and flourish into a beautiful
tree in about 5 to 6 years.
However, it's best to start them
out in one gallon containers for optimum development as they tend to
thrive in soil that has good drainage i.e. Cactus Mix. But for
those who live in colder climates you really have no choice but to grow
them in containers and attractive pottery that can be moved into a warm
environment during the cold and dormant months.
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I started out less than ten years
ago with one little cutting and now have a virtual tropical forest
proliferating throughout my property and am now in a real fix.
I have to cut them back and manicure them every year to keep them
healthy and vibrant and as a result end up with piles of cuttings that
I later have to plant in the Spring. But I'm running out of room. I
only have one acre and its already inundated with myriad species of
Plumeia, fruit trees, plants, tropical palms and fruit trees, shrubs
and vegetables. Problem is that I'm not in the plant selling business
and really have no desire to be at this point of my life.
So I am reaching out to the AR community
to those of you who have green thumbs and like to play in your gardens.
I would love to sell these cuttings, or should I say practically give
them away, to any member who would like to give them the proper TLC. I
will only charge $5 per cutting plus postage which can be from about $3
to $5 depending on the distance and whether or not they have to be
weather protected. Professional growers can get upwards of $15 per
cutting so I'm definitely not looking to get rich in the Plumeria biz.
The $5 just covers my barebones handleing expense so I don't have to
reach into my pockets.
The cutting would come with a root hormone on the cut end to protect, feed and seal it.
Once you receive it just keep it in a warm place in your garage,
nursery or even in your home somewhere above 50 degrees. Then in early
Spring after your last thaw you can plant the cutting in a decorative
pot filled with Cactus grow as Plumeria loves drainage. Then just place
it outside where it can get lots of sun preferably on the West side of
your property. You only need to water it once or twice a week so it is
really a pretty low maintenance plant.
If everything goes according to plan you
will start seeing blooms that turn into beautiful fragrant flowers by
early to mid summer and they will stay with you until fall whence they
will start to drop the flowers and the leaves. Plumeria
flowers are what the Hawaiians make leis from. They also make beautiful
floral center pieces. What I like to do is float them on top of water
in attractive crystal or glass finery. Or you can actually take entire
clusters of flowers and suspend them in transparent water filled bowels
and vases where they will last for days. They make beautiful wedding
If you happen to be visiting the
San Diego area in July and Augest please give me a call or drop me an
email and Janis and I would love to invite you over to our home to see
our Plumeria in full bloom.
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Below are some links that I often refer to
for information and knowledge. Frankly I'm the farthest thing in the
world from a horticulturist and couldn't give you the botanical name
for a blade of grass so I need to do a lot of reading and studying. For
many of you garden lovers though Plumeria will be a no brainer.
http://www.exoticplumeria.com/instructions.htm Helpful hints on caring for your Plumeria
The youtube video link below is a
must see if you really want to get the mood. It sets the tone with some
beautiful music while while scanning through a plethora of peaceful
Plumeria images and settings.
Aloha & Mahalo!