Type Of Plant And Care - Knowledgebase Question

Goose Creek, SC
Question by HdresserOne
October 26, 1999
recently i bought a flowering plant, the stem is rather stocky like a tree, the flowers are purple and somewhat resemble a petunia. the leaves are long and rather narrow, dark green on the top side and a lighter green underneath.it blooms daily with quit a few flowers, can you help me figure out what type of flowering plant this is and how to care for it?


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Answer from NGA
October 26, 1999

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I suspect you may have a plumeria. (A quick internet search for plumeria should show you some illustrations to be sure.) If so, your plant has some special care requirements. Plumeria (Plumeria rubra), also known as frangipani and
the Hawaiian Lei Flower, love warm growing conditions and
a well drained soil or container media. The most common
plumeria killer is overwatering. They also will not tolerate
temperatures below 40 degrees Farenheit for very long. As
winter approaches, cut back on watering and the plant will
drop its leaves. Bring the container inside for winter storage
in a spot where the temperature stays above 40 degrees.

Don't water in the winter. They'll be fine in the dry
soil...they're sleeping! In spring, move them back outside
and gradually begin to water them again. Feed plants
weekly after setting outside with a dilute, balanced fertilizer
solution. Stop feeding in early August, and begin the cycle
again.

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