The Q&A Archives: Name of Fertilizer for Plumeria

Question: I live in Southern California (Orange County) and have pinkish red and white with yellow center plumeria. Can you please tell me the name of a fertilizer to use on them. Would it be okay to use an azalea fertilizer? They bloom most of the year and flower greatly.

Answer: Fertilizers made for azaleas are acidified and your plumeria doesn't need the extra acidity. When fertilizing Plumeria you should use a high Phosphate fertilizer (middle number), like Peters "Super Blossom Booster 10-50-10". If you use a fertilizer high in Nitrogen you will make a healthy but tall and leggy plumeria. Plumeria only branch when they bloom, therefore you must use a fertilizer that will promote the most blooms, which in turn makes the most branches. If you find a Plumeria full of branches, then you'll know it's been a good bloomer.

What brand should you use? I recommend PETERS "Super Blossom Booster" because it is loaded with micronutrients.

Best wishes with your plumeria!

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