Plumeria forum: Received a Plumeria plant as a gift...Now what??

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Name: Rosie
IN (Zone 5b)
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Jan 14, 2015 8:21 PM CST
A friend's husband has a warm garage and greenhouse for his plants. They gave me a Plumeria last year in October as a going away gift. They were so proud because he nursed it from a seed to a small leafy tree. I managed to keep it alive in my office from October 2013 until January 2015.

I have moved it home due to changing jobs. It is not happy at home. We had an issue last week w/HVAC (new house, moved in on the hottest day in August 2014 and we just had the coldest week of the winter season last week). All is back to normal, but in the process Iost 5 leaves which yellowed and went limp.

We keep our house at 66*F consistently. Any suggestions to get this plant thru the winter?

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jan 14, 2015 8:43 PM CST


I would say allow it to go dormant. Put in a frostfree place and withhold water; it also doesn't need light. They naturally go dormant in the winter months.
Then as soon as you're frost free I would start by putting it outside in a warm spot whenever you can, and water it and fertilize, and that should give it good new growth.
To be frank, unless you are willing to supplement light and heat throughout its life, you're unlikely to see it bloom, though. They are tropical trees, after all.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Jan 14, 2015 9:18 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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Jan 16, 2015 4:41 PM CST
Those special plants from special people cause much worry and terror in my life when things start to look bad. I know that feeling well. Listen to the expert words of Hetty, She won't steer you wrong. Keep us posted.
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Apr 24, 2015 6:17 AM CST
Hope your plumeria survived the winter!
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