Repotting a Plumeria - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
Question by rcherry
January 7, 1998
I want to transplant a plumeria to a larger pot. It is about 1 1/2 feet tall. It continues to make new leaves, but has never bloomed. Any tips or suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
January 7, 1998

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Plumeria, or Frangipani, is a popular shrub in sub-tropical regions and an indoor plant everywhere else. It likes average household temperatures, lots of water in spring and summer, but very little water in the winter, and likes to have its leaves mistedoccasionally. The plant can grow to six feet in a tub, smaller in a smaller container. Your plant should be mature enough to bloom, so perhaps it isn't getting enough bright light to encourage bloom. Try really bright light - even some direct sunshine.

To transplant, choose the next sized pot (you don't want the roots to get lost in their new home), and fill the pot with new potting soil. Make a hole in the center of the soil and place the roots of the plant in the soil, at the same depth they were growing in the old pot. Gently firm the soil around the roots and then water well to exclude any air pockets. After it settles in for a few days, try giving your plant a little more bright light and I'm sure it will bloom - eventually!

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