trimming plumeria - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by SGHoliday
July 19, 2008
What is the right time of year to trim back plumeria? How far back should it be trimmed? I have trees that are over 6 foot tall,but there are several large branches that need support.

Answer from NGA
July 19, 2008
You can prune at any time of the year. To prune your plumeria, simply make a cut diagonally (at an angle of about 45 degrees), just above a leaf scar. New branches will develop right under the cut at the leaf scars and lead to new inflorescenses (flower stalks). Prune the branch in a way (angle) that you want it to branch out. If your plumeria is very overgrown, you may want to reduce its size over a period of 2-3 years rather than cut it down all at once. Reduce its size now, then wait a few months and prune it back again. Eventually you'll get it back down in size without sacrificing too many blooms.


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