The Q&A Archives: Plumeria

Question: Am I crazy to try growing a Plumeria in Monterey, CA?

Answer: Not at all crazy! Plumeria are quite tender and should be grown in a protected area, even in Southern California. Plumeria rubra, Frangipani or Hawaiian Plumeria, is the most commonly grown in your neck of the woods. It is slightly tolerant of temperatures below 40F degrees. It's a deciduous shrub or small tree with thick pointed leaves that drop in winter or early spring. It blooms from June-November if it receives full sunshine and is kept on the dry side during the winter months. I'd give it a try - the flowers are worth the trouble!

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