Plumeria forum: Plumeria Advice

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Aug 18, 2018 3:19 PM CST
Hello I am new to Plumeria plants. I bought a cutting in Hawaii a couple years ago and it was easy to root. It has grown quite a bit this year and now has the main stem and three branches covered with big green leaves. I was looking closely today and noticed a flower bud in the middle of one of the branches. I am in NC and really felt like I may never be able to get the plant to bloom in a pot so I am psyched. I don't want to screw up so I need some advice. Should I keep fertilizing the plant? I have been using a bloom booster with high P content. I was worried the it was producing too much top growth so I cut back. The branches have so many leaves that they are drooping. It seems late for flowering although I did just recently move the plant to the NW side of my house where it gets more hours of sun. Whatever advice anyone can give is appreciated. Hopefully I can post some pics later.

Aug 19, 2018 4:36 PM CST
I have had no luck growing plumeria. I live just outside of Portland OR and love plumeria. Any advice?
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Aug 20, 2018 1:27 PM CST


Sun really is pretty much the no. 1 requirement for blooming. Sadly, in Oregon you just won't have the light intensity these tropical trees need. You will have to supplement light if you ever want to see it bloom.
Scout91 too, just give it as much sun as you can!
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Aug 20, 2018 1:32 PM CST
I'd leave it outside for the summer in as much sun as you have.
Then in winter you could try a grow light for it and leave it on for at about 12 hours a day. It would have to be a strong light, fairly close above the plant. That way it could grow on during the winter and might get to the point of blooming. I had them blooming indoors in winter in Arizona.
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Aug 24, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Hello Scout91, you can still certainly see Plumerias bloom even grown in containers, just depends on some factors like full sun exposure, watering, humidity. There are also some cultivars that are really much more high humidity needy, so it is understandably quite frustrating to wake them up if ambient conditions are not favorable.

Try to look for Plumeria Celadine, I have tried that and it blooms here in my area. Took me awhile to understand it, but it is one of the more cold temp tolerant varieties, so it may have a later blooming period.

I can only grow Plumerias in containers here, since we get cold inversion during winter, and winter is our rainy season too. Cold and wet tandem is not good for Plumerias as is typical with most succulents. So during winter time, I respect my Plumeria's dormancy, so I just overwinter them indoors, then wait patiently for it to wake up, wait patiently for outdoor temperatures to be okay before I bring them out again in mid to late Spring. Oftentimes, it is a game of patience with Plumerias, since we have varying growing environments so got to pay attention closely to temperatures and light levels.When the long hot and dry season is here, my Plumies will be out basking in the sun, takes all the dry heat but have to do daily watering to compensate for our lousy humidity levels.

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