Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #11

Plumerias are easier to grow than you might think, especially if you keep them potted with a fast draining soil mix and place them facing either south or west. Along the coast, these tropical beauties call for full sun. They can be easily grown from cuttings and are available in pink, yellow, white, purple and red. Known in Hawaii as frangipani, this oh so fragrant blossom is used frequently in flower leis. This is the perfect flower to float in a bowl.

The flowers grow in clusters and the waxy green leaves are large and pointed. During the winter, the plant goes dormant, loses its leaves and must be protected from any freeze. During blooming season, it needs a high phosphorus fertilizer to insure maximum blooms.

We've had the best luck keeping this plant potted, gradually transplanting to larger and larger pots as it grows. We tuck the pot right into the flower beds and move it as the seasons change to keep the plumeria tree in the spot with the best sun exposure.

The illustration is by Kerne Erickson.


JC said...

I don't think it would grow in my part of the world but I they are beautiful

High Desert Diva said...

Plumeria is such a beautiful word...