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Plumeria is one of those superb flowering shrubs, used indoors for its exceptional flowering and great decorative power.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Plumeria
Family : Apocynaceae
Type : Perennial
Height : 1.5 m indoors and up to 10 m in its natural environment
Exposure : Sunny or bright indoors
Ground : Rather rich and well drained
Foliage : Semi persistent
Flowering : Summer
Planting, repotting plumeria
Indoors, growing plumeria requires relatively rich soil and therefore good soil.
If you want to plant a plumeria, wait until spring and choose a sunny spot.
- But beware, this plant is native to Central America and therefore will not adapt to just any climate. The temperature should not never go below 5 °.
- Favor a well-drained soil to avoid water stagnation
- You can mix potting soil with river sand (80-20%) and put clay balls at the bottom of the pot to improve drainage
The plumeria requires very little water in winter but regular watering in spring and summer, especially if it is hot.
It's here essential condition for it to bloom.
- In winter, it is even advisable to let the soil dry out totally.
- Watering is slowly resumed in spring, as soon as the leaves begin to open
- In summer we water regularly, preferably with non-calcareous rainwater (or mineral water)
The plumeria only asks very little maintenance.
Indoors, in an apartment, you will choose a bright place and ideally sunny a good part of the day while avoiding too hot situations behind a window.
You can install it outside during the summer, from May to September or October, avoiding places that are too hot because this could dry out the plant and a too sudden change could stress it.
To bloom well, plumeria needs some contrast between 2 seasons, the dry winter period and the wet summer period.
If you can see a whitish cottony lump, it must be the mealybug.
This parasite sets in when the air in the room is too dry and the temperature is high.
- Check out our tip sheet for eradicating mealybugs
It is also possible that the plumeria is faced with rot when the soil is too wet.
Water only when the soil is dry and make sure that your pot does not allow water to stagnate near the roots, it should be well drained and have a hole in the bottom.
Smart tip about plumeria
Edible plumeria flowers can be used to decorate dishes, desserts and salads.