Plumerias - Can You Grow Them?: Lighting? How much & how intense?

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Plumerias - Can You Grow Them?

By Dutchlady1
November 11, 2013

Plumerias are large trees in their native habitat that can grow up to 20 feet tall. These days, however, they are being bred much smaller and more compact, allowing more regions of the world to enjoy these beauties.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 9:37 AM CST
I'm very interested in trying one of these dwarf varieties if they only get to be about 6'. How wide do they get? How big is the trunk? What size pot do you recommend? I can keep them protected during the cold season I think if they don't need water/light during the winter (I'm pretty neglectful of houseplants, which is why I don't try them). But, during the spring/summer/fall, I can provide some pretty intense light. My altitude is 6000' so I can have some pretty intense sun. My heat is not necessarily all that hot, though... mid 90s in the summer. No humidity, would that be a problem?

I love plumerias.. they smell SOOOOOO wonderful!! I *think* there's a LGS here that sells them...
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2013 12:51 PM CST
There are plenty of people growing Plumeria in similar conditions, although I do not know of anyone specifically in Denver. I would say give it a try!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 11, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Very pretty blooms. I've been noticing a lot of plumeria interest on this site, but am totally unfamiliar with it. Appears to be a tropical of some sort which is out of my ballpark. I'll enjoy them from afar, the photos are gorgeous.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Nov 11, 2013 9:09 PM CST
Deb - I'm way more out of range for a tropical, but I'm thinking about trying one!!
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Nov 12, 2013 9:55 AM CST
Thanks so much for this article, Hetty. My brother planted a plumeria in DeLand, and I have no idea of its name. It did bloom for me once, however, died back during those cold periods several winters ago and I thought it was lost, but it has come back. I am hoping perhaps DH and I can dig it up without damaging it and put it in a pot, where we will be able to put it in the garage on frosty nights.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 12, 2013 11:02 AM CST
Jean, Plumeria go dormant in the winter. They will be totally happy dug up and in a frost free area Thumbs up (with no need for water or light) during the cold months.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Nov 12, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Thanks Hetty. That is good to know -- something that I don't have to worry about light and water!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Name: Dan
Florida (Zone 9b)
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Daniel
Nov 13, 2013 3:56 PM CST
I am in central Florida. I have wintered over (with a frost cloth) 3 Pulmerias. The oldest 5 feet tall, bloomed this summer . Blooms last up to 3 months. They are in small (10"/12") pots. They like to be pot bound with a lot of moisture and excellent drainage. Use ONLY a low nitrogen - high phosphorus fertilizer. (10/50/10) in frequent but diluted doses from the first sign of leaf break in the spring. Continue all summer long. Good luck. Dan
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 13, 2013 4:01 PM CST
Dan, I love it that that works for you, it is not what I would recommend, though.....
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Nov 14, 2013 7:19 AM CST
What kind of soil mix do you use?
Name: Rosie
IN (Zone 5b)
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plantdog
Jan 14, 2015 9:37 PM CST
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Yeah, I realize it will always be a sensitive plant to manage. I was just so excited she liked living the cubicle life in the office and grew a lot of leaves. And half have fallen off in one week! Will the stem/trunk keep growing upwards? No leaves or anything below the current growth?

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