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May 6, 2016 2:40 AM CST
We have a 40-50 year old Frangipani (Plumeria?) on our 840 sq M block. Originally from Qld, with varying flower colours, and rarely without a "show", it is now about 4M high and has, to put it mildly, outgrown its environment. Rooted in sand over clay, it has ideal conditions for further growth, but our backyard doesn't! We will be sad when it leaves us, but needs must when the liebensraum drives. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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May 6, 2016 5:31 AM CST
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You could trim your plant.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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May 6, 2016 5:58 AM CST
Welcome! @Barrie. Please take a moment and update your public profile so that we know your location.

As Tiffany pointed out, you can easily manage the size of the plumeria by judicious branch pruning. If you would like more plumeria plants, perhaps potted, you can then root those cuttings. Rooted plumeria make great gifts to those who garden and would like to try their hand growing these exotic tropical plants.

I would love to see a picture showing the full plant and a close-up of the base of the tree. What is the diameter of that base? Do you know the variety of plumeria you have?
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Name: Jean
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May 6, 2016 11:02 AM CST
Hi @Barrie Welcome.

My daughter lives in QLD and had the same problem when they bought their house. The back yard was full of Lilly Pilly and frangipani. They had to remove 3 of the largest frangipanis, but were able to cut back the other 4 to a manageable size. I do agree, if you can prune it back severely, then that would be my first suggestion; if not, then perhaps a couple nice branching cuttings.

Name: Sandi
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May 6, 2016 11:52 AM CST
I would think some of your envious neighbors would love a cutting of such a reliable bloomer! You just might make their day! Thumbs up
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Name: Cheryl
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May 6, 2016 11:59 AM CST
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