Houseplants forum: Plumeria (Frangipani) problems

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Mar 23, 2017 7:29 PM CST

I recently (2 weeks ago) received a Plumeria that has been growing indoors. It has only about 5 leaves, and 2 have recently fallen off (the bottom ones). When I got the plant, the leaves were in great condition. Now they have been turning yellow in patches. Please see attached pictures.

It is located 2 feet away from a large west facing window. It is extremely root bound (roots coming out of the bottom of the pot) and needs to be transplanted, but I don't think that is causing this new issue.

Any tips and suggestions are very appreciated.


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[Last edited by jasonbaum - Mar 23, 2017 7:34 PM (+)]
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Mar 23, 2017 7:51 PM CST
Hello jasonbaum, don't know where you are located, but typically Plumerias go dormant in late Fall to mid Spring. Maybe the plant has just sensed too the difference in growing area, felt some cold during transport and such decrease in light, so it is now deciding to go dormant.

As long as the stem is staying firm, no mushy part, and the tips are not displaying any black rot, just keep it warm and dry and wait patiently for the plant to grow new leaves.

Bottom leaves are the older leaves, so it is okay if they drop first. This plant grows much better outdoors in full sun once conditions are much improved. If you intend to grow it outdoors, position it first in part shade to acclimate. Use very well draining media when you repot. And be very patient, it does take time.

No fertilizer at this point, the plant is showing some stress, let it adjust first. Once new leaves has started to grow fully, then you can resume watering and applying applicable fertilizer.
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Mar 25, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Thanks Tarev so much for your advice. I hope that you are correct and that plant is just taking a little rest. I know my Chicago Hardy Fig goes dormant for a little once I bring it inside and then put out a bunch of new leaves.

Thanks again for the advice. I will be sure to keep an eye out for stem rot and black rot.


Sep 28, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Not a problem but a question. I have a plumeria last year when it bloomed the flowers were yellow, this year they are pink is that normal?
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Name: Will Creed
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Sep 28, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Plumeria may go dormant if it experiences either cool temps or dryness. I suspect that yours may have gotten too dry if it is badly rootbound and that has caused the lower leaf drop. Either water it more frequently or move it into a pot one size larger.
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