Plumeria is a beautiful tree with beautiful flowers. An arising problem is that the flowers sometimes do not get a chance to bloom. This might have a lot to do with the fact that most people think this is a tropical plant. It most certainly is not. It is a tree which thrives in hardship such as droughts and heat, but not so well in cold and damp conditions.If the plumeria is too wet its’ flowers will not bloom, but simply drop off. So if by chance you have a plumeria, go easy on the water.
- Plumeria need warmth and sun for healthy growth and longevity. Even cold overnight temperatures can cause bud and flower drop.
- Be frugal with irrigation as excess moisture can cause problems. Plumeria plants can rot from getting too much water or standing in wet soil.
- Plumeria normally drops its leaves and remaining flowers in winter due to dormancy. This helps it prepare for its new growth in the spring.
“Plumeria, also called frangipani, are small, spreading trees. They deal well with drought, heat, neglect and insect attacks. Plumeria are easily identifiable trees. They have gnarled branches and grow the distinctive flowers used in Hawaiian leis.”