Plumeria forum: Plumeria help

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trixcanada
Apr 23, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Hi everyone. I am pretty new to this forum and I would like to get some advice regarding my Plumeria. I bought it about 1 year ago. It was about 6 inches tall and had some leaves. During the summer I kept it on the balcony (I am facing South) and it did pretty well. When cold weather arrived I placed it inside near the window. It lost most of the leaves, but I decided to use some artificial light during the night to see what will happen. It was doing well until about a month ago when leaves started to get dry and fell. Now it has no leaves. I am wondering if it got sick or it is just dormant. Please see how it looks like now.
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drdawg
Apr 25, 2017 7:17 AM CST
@trixcanada, in temperate regions, plumeria go dormant. Even in tropical and sub-tropical areas they will go semi-dormant. Dormancy for use can last 4-6 mo. I too am in a temperate zone, but certainly far warmer and brighter than you in Canada (if that's where you live). I keep some of my plumeria in my solarium during the fall and winter months, keeping them watered and even lightly fertilized. The solarium get full sun, having a glass roof and an eastern facing glass wall. Thus I can provide my tropical plants as close to "outside" conditions as possible. Even then, though I can prolong my Plumeria's growth and flowering for several months, come February, they'll start losing leaves and by March, they'll all be basically leafless.

Thus, I would expect your plant to be dormant and during dormancy it needs no water and certainly no fertilizer. When you can get it back outside it will "wake up" and begin growth again. You can give it a drink when you get it outside, but until it has leaf growth, the plant really can't use much water.
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