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Plumeria

May 2012

QuestionI would like to plant a plumeria but don't know if they will work in my situation. They are fairly expensive so I am asking before the purchase. It will be in a pot on my patio (apt dweller) which gets direct sun or not as I have a high-end solar sun screen shade that I can control to shade or sun the area. If you think it will work there, what do I do with it in the winter? Inside I have two 4 ft. grow lights that I use for a pretty large fish-tail palm if that would help and an afternoon sunny window.

 

AnswerPlumeria is a great tropical plant for a patio, and it loves full sun. You are correct that it would not overwinter outdoors, but you have several options. It can come indoors and grow well in a sunny room, or you can simply store it in a garage—some place where it will not freeze. We used to have a gardener in Hot Springs who had 20 or more plants. He planted them in the garden in late spring, had a flowering oasis by late summer, and in the fall, simply pulled them up and stored them bare root in his garage until the following spring. If you have ever been to Hawaii, you see them sold as a small dead looking stem with no leaves or roots. As long as they aren't freezing, they should do fine, but would also do well in a pot inside.


September 2011

QuestionI have a plumeria tree. It is now over 5' tall and I moved it to Arkansas with me six years ago from California. I bring the plumeria in every winter, and so far it has done great. The problem is now it has outgrown the pot that it's in. When would be the best time to try to repot the plant? In a few weeks it will start to go dormant and lose all of its leaves. Should I repot before or after?

 

AnswerI think it would be easier on you and the plant to repot when you move it back outdoors next spring. Some folks even store their plumeria bare-root—simply pull it out of the soil, let dry and store in protected, cool, dry place. Think about those chunks of stems you can buy with no roots in Hawaii, and then they magically grow, once potted.


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