Plumeria (Frangipani) Planting Guide

Tropical Fragrance = Home Grown Aroma Therapy
While the tropics may be calling, few of us can drop our daily responsibilities to respond. Growing incredibly fragrant plumeria is the next best thing. When the blooms unfurl, draw close, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Ahhhhhhh . . . . On those days when the world seems to be closing in, let plumeria help you escape to the tropics if only for a few moments. Sometimes that's all you needed for a rejuvenating break.
PLANTING
DEPTH

1 Inches

WATER
QUANTITY

Moderate

SUNLIGHT
QUANTITY

Light to moderate shade

PLANTING
PROXIMITY

12 Inches Between
Planting

Outdoor Beds
  1. Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. Plumeria prefer drier soils, with course well-drained grit or sand as the primary component and they will not survive in areas that are water logged.
  2. Site your plumeria where they will receive full sun. These are tropical plants and they like hot conditions.
  3. Gently slip the plant and root ball out of the pot and place in a hole the same depth as the soil clump. Firm the surrounding soil around the plant, checking to make sure the plumeria is positioned level with the rest of the ground (not deeper nor more shallow).
  4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the root ball. Slim, leathery leaves will form within a few weeks. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, but keep in mind that infrequent deep watering is better than regular lighter drinks. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. These plants do well with less water than most people assume. Plumeria appreciate applications of high nitrogen fertilizer early in the season, typically through April.
  5. In early May encourage flower bud formation by switching to a high phosphorous fertilizer and apply it every 2-3 weeks through August. Plumeria flower mid summer to fall. When in bloom, feel free to snip flowers for bud vase bouquets or float the blossoms in a low bowl of water. This will not hurt the plants and will provide a supply of extraordinarily fragrant flowers.
  6. After blooming has finished for the season and the weather begins to cool plumeria slip into a dormancy period. It is normal for leaves to drop at this time while the plant rests. Water infrequently during the fall and stop watering during the winter. (In zones 9 and cooler, bring your plumeria indoors. Do not let the plants freeze.)
  7. Your plumeria will rest for a few months before beginning the spring growing cycle. During this time, enjoy the attractively branched, vase-shaped form which is clearly visible without the leaves. With warm spring weather, resume watering and fertilizing. New leaves will emerge.


Pots, Barrels, Tubs & Urns
  1. Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes; plumeria must never (never!) sit in waterlogged soil or they will die.
  2. Site your plumeria where they will receive full sun. These are tropical plants and they like hot conditions.
  3. Gently slip the plant and root ball out of the pot and place in a hole the same depth as the soil clump. Firm the surrounding soil around the plant, checking to make sure the plumeria is positioned level with the rest of the ground (not deeper nor more shallow).
  4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the root ball. Slim, leathery leaves will form within a few weeks. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, but keep in mind that infrequent deep watering is better than regular lighter drinks. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. These plants do well with less water than most people assume. Plumeria appreciate applications of high nitrogen fertilizer early in the season, typically through April.
  5. In early May encourage flower bud formation by switching to a high phosphorous fertilizer and apply it every 2-3 weeks through August. Plumeria flower mid summer to fall. When in bloom, feel free to snip flowers for bud vase bouquets or float the blossoms in a low bowl of water. This will not hurt the plants and will provide a supply of extraordinarily fragrant flowers.
  6. After blooming has finished for the season and the weather begins to cool plumeria slip into a dormancy period. It is normal for leaves to drop at this time while the plant rests. Water infrequently during the fall and stop watering during the winter. (In zones 9 and cooler, bring your plumeria indoors. Do not let the plants freeze.)
  7. Your plumeria will rest for a few months before beginning the spring growing cycle. During this time, enjoy the attractively branched, vase-shaped form which is clearly visible without the leaves. With warm spring weather and longer days, resume watering and fertilizing. New leaves will emerge.