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rpowellpappa
Jan 3, 2018 3:13 PM CST
I live in Florida and tonight its going to be 32 degrees do I need to cove ? its big tree like almost to my roof
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porkpal
Jan 3, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Probably not. I have a small tree of i, and it has survived outside here in zone 9 for many years.
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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2018 5:50 PM CST
rpowellpoppa, Welcome!

What part of the state? I live in the Daytona Beach area and had a plumeria kick the bucket one year due to extreme cold. It wasn't quite as tall as the roof of the house but it was a decent size.

Plumerias (Plumeria) are tropical plants and are listed for zone 10 and higher. As long as it doesn't stay cold for too long and the ground doesn't freeze, the plant should be okay. Since your tree is so tall and you can't wrap the top, perhaps you can wrap an old blanket around the base of the tree to give it some protection.
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DaisyI
Jan 3, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Or hang some lights in the branches and especially near the trunk. Make sure they are the type of lights that give off heat.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 3, 2018 10:01 PM CST
I agree, you should give it whatever protection you can. The stems of plumeria are full of water, so if the temperature stays around freezing for long enough, they will freeze, then turn to mush when they thaw out. The plant may die, or it may come back from the roots, but with one that big it would be a shame to lose it, or even have it die back to the ground and take years to be big and beautiful again. Blankets, old sheets, a pile of leaves over the roots and lower stems, whatever you can do will help.

Another thing you could do as insurance is take some cuttings. Plumeria start very easily from pieces of the ends of branches, about a foot long or more. Just cut or break them off, let the cut ends dry and then store indoors in a cool, dry dark place. When the weather is warmer, put them in pots of moist potting soil in a shady spot and leave them until they begin to show new leaves. I have a couple on my windowsill right now, my insurance against losing my nice plumerias.
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