Plumeria forum: Will leaves grow back?

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tstrand78
Oct 22, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Hello! I live in Massachusetts and brought a cutting back from Hawaii 5 years ago. It has been thriving. It's about 4 feet tall and very full. I keep it outside in the summer and move it indoor when the danger of frost is here. It was recently moved indoors and my two year old ripped ALL of the leaves off of it today (teaches me a good lesson, when they are quiet, they are up to no good!). Will the plant be OK? Will the leaves grow back? Anything I can do to help it?
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plantmanager
Oct 22, 2017 11:57 AM CST
The plant may be ready to go dormant if it's inside and you withhold water. If you plant to keep it growing all winter, it will grow new leaves if you have really good light for it, and water it sparingly. I let mine go dormant in winter and then resume watering in the spring. They love to go outside for the summer if you have a good place for it.
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Oct 26, 2017 4:05 PM CST

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tarev
Oct 31, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Yes it will grow back in late Spring. Just keep it dry, in any warm room you have there. It is taking its cold season beauty rest. Don't water it, no fertilizers at this time, just leave it alone.

I do that too, bringing them out during the long warm to hot months and by Fall I bring it in, especially when overnight temps starts dropping below 50F. I like the way Plumerias give us a heads up, as it starts dropping its leaves, reminding us to prepare for its dormancy period.

Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Oct 31, 2017 8:41 AM CST
I took my 3 plumeria in a couple weeks ago. They still have all their leaves and have bloom "stalks".............they didn't lose their leaves last year when I put them in the greenhouse and it doesn't look like they will this time either. I water occasionally...........should I be doing something different with them??
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tarev
Oct 31, 2017 8:56 AM CST
My Plumies are Celadines, so these ones hold their leaves longer here and they can take our cooler temps to a point. Slowly dropping leaves, I guess more due to the shortened day length, but it is still growing new ones. Go figure eh?

I don't do anything special with mine, I just hide them later in our garage, keeping them dry. I have no other place to hide them here. I am just waiting for our first significant rainfall this weekend, after our over 6 months of super dry and hot period here, so they can get a chance for some natural juice before they go hidden for their winter hiatus. If I hide them with leaves still on it, I just let it be, letting it dry out and let the leaves Fall. I have learned to respect its need for dormancy during the cold period.

Anna, at least you have a greenhouse, the Plumies will love that. Smiling
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AnnaZ
Oct 31, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Tarev, they do. :>)

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