Plumeria forum: Best way to overwinter plumeria?

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Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
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KLStuart
Jul 7, 2012 10:17 AM CST
OK, so I've taken the plunge and ordered a couple plumeria, and started a couple from seed also. They're not hardy in my Zone 8a, so I need to decide how I'm planning on overwintering them. I've got no basement, no shed (that stays above freezing anyway). Could maybe find room in the garage, or could try to keep them indoors. Is it better to let them go dormant in a cold garage or try to keep them alive at indoor temperatures?

My other choice is, if indoors, either a sunny south facing window with cats and regular room temp air, or put them away in the room I start seeds in which has almost no natural sun. I do have grow lights but I'm not sure if they'll be too tall to fit under them, but the room is quite warm from the lights and heat mats and protected from the cats...

Decisions, decisions... any advice? Help please, I don't want to kill these before they ever bloom!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 7, 2012 10:18 AM CST

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Seedlings you should probably try to keep going over the winter. The others you could store bareroot in the garage with no problem.
Name: Kelly
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KLStuart
Jul 7, 2012 10:20 AM CST
What is the best way to do this? I've never (successfully) stored anything bareroot before. I tried with some geraniums a few years ago and they didn't make it :-(
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 7, 2012 10:22 AM CST

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Plumeria go dormant in the winter months. If you have them in pots, just leave them in their pots and if any leaves are still on, clip those off (so you don't have a mess in the garage). Then just leave them in the dark, frost free, until spring. They will not need water.
Name: Kelly
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KLStuart
Jul 7, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Sounds easy, thanks! To what low temps can I leave them outside?
Name: Michael Hicks
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chefmike92
Jul 7, 2012 2:00 PM CST
Kelly

It really is that easy

i tell people to leave out side stop watering when they are dropping leaves and night temps fall under 50....but they leave out side till temp get about 45 no lower AND NO FROST OR FREEZE. to make sure if your going in a unheated garage can bring in at the low 50 mark i would think. im sure others will chime in with great advice
just got your plants inside porch so no more rain so i can ship on Monday!!!! I will leave a few leaves on and protect the roots from drying out due to your not to far away. Dont be alarmed that 90% of leaves are gone when you get them and they could drop the rest it is just shock from uprooting and being in a dark box for a few days

they will spring right back.
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Name: Kelly
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KLStuart
Jul 8, 2012 9:00 AM CST
Ok, I'm excited!

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