Name of Fertilizer for Plumeria - Knowledgebase Question

Anaheim, CA (Zone 9B)
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Question by luap1
June 9, 2005
I live in Southern California (Orange County) and have pinkish red and white with yellow center plumeria. Can you please tell me the name of a fertilizer to use on them. Would it be okay to use an azalea fertilizer? They bloom most of the year and flower greatly.

Answer from NGA
June 9, 2005
Fertilizers made for azaleas are acidified and your plumeria doesn't need the extra acidity. When fertilizing Plumeria you should use a high Phosphate fertilizer (middle number), like Peters "Super Blossom Booster 10-50-10". If you use a fertilizer high in Nitrogen you will make a healthy but tall and leggy plumeria. Plumeria only branch when they bloom, therefore you must use a fertilizer that will promote the most blooms, which in turn makes the most branches. If you find a Plumeria full of branches, then you'll know it's been a good bloomer.

What brand should you use? I recommend PETERS "Super Blossom Booster" because it is loaded with micronutrients.

Best wishes with your plumeria!

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