The Q&A Archives: trimming plumeria

Question: What is the right time of year to trim back plumeria? How far back should it be trimmed? I have trees that are over 6 foot tall,but there are several large branches that need support.

Answer: You can prune at any time of the year. To prune your plumeria, simply make a cut diagonally (at an angle of about 45 degrees), just above a leaf scar. New branches will develop right under the cut at the leaf scars and lead to new inflorescenses (flower stalks). Prune the branch in a way (angle) that you want it to branch out. If your plumeria is very overgrown, you may want to reduce its size over a period of 2-3 years rather than cut it down all at once. Reduce its size now, then wait a few months and prune it back again. Eventually you'll get it back down in size without sacrificing too many blooms.


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