The Hawaiian plumeria, also known as the frangipani, temple tree and Hawaiian lei flower, are a family of tropical shrubs and trees known for their beautiful and fragrant flowers. As the name suggests, the species thrives in Hawaii, although it is well-suited to the climate in southern Florida as well. Implement the following tips to ensure that your Hawaiian plumeria is healthy and flowering.
While Hawaiian plumeria can be grown from seeds, it is best to grow new plants through propagation. This process involves taking cuttings from mature plants and placing them in moist soil to grow and take root.
The best soil for new plumeria cuttings is a high-quality potting soil. It's important that the sandy soil drain well. Adding perlite to your potting soil can help this process.
Hawaiian plumeria need a full sun environment to grow and thrive. During cooler, darker months you can use a grow bulb to provide the plant with extra light and heat. Keep in mind that Hawaiian plumeria need to always be in a temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
You must be very careful when watering Hawaiian plumeria, as they are subject to root rot. Make sure that the soil is allowed to dry between waterings and you never water to the point of sogginess. A moist soil is best.
You should apply a fertilizer when it's time for your plumeria to bloom during the spring and summer months. Don't apply fertilizers before the cutting has established a root system or while the plant is in its dormant stage.
Hawaiian plumeria are very susceptible to told, so if your region experiences chillier winters, make sure to bring your container-grown plumeria indoors. The plumeria's soft limbs can be broken or damaged relatively easily, so take proper precautions during lawn care.