plumeria houseplant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cmbrady34
February 10, 2011
In Hawaii I purchased a plumeria growth to plant as a houseplant.The plant has put out leaves now but they become very droopy and fall off easily;it's still producing new leaves but I'm also concerned about brown areas forming on older leaves;I've used an organic garden disease spray on the leaves.The plant gets the aftrnonsun;Inow do not ovrwater.PLS HELP THEY SMELL SO GOOD!!!!


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Answer from NGA
February 10, 2011

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The lowest, oldest leaves naturally turn yellow and fall off a plumeria so if that's what you're seeing, it's perfectly normal. However, if the newest leaves are drooping, it can indicate too much water. Indoors, plumeria need about 6 hours of sunlight per day. If your sunny window doesn't provide that, you may want to install a gro-light to supplement the natural light your plumeria receives. These plants need excellent drainage - make sure the container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom and be sure to allow the top half inch of soil to dry out between waterings. As a rule, plumeria is relatively disease free so I don't know that you need to spray the leaves. In fact, that might be what is causing the leaves to droop. Just improve the amount of light your plant gets, be sure the soil drains well and that you allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings, and try to provide daytime temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees and nighttime temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. Hope this information is helpful.

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