Planting and caring for plumeria

Choose the Location - Plumerias require full sun to part shade and at least four hours of direct sunlight. They aren’t tolerant of freezing temperatures, so planting in a protected area is important as well.

Plant when Warm - Plant plumeria during our warm season, from spring to early fall. This gives them a chance to establish a root system before winter.

Plant with Good Soil - Plant plumeria in a rich soil, such as Black Gold Garden Compost. Drainage is important so make sure the area that you plant in is well drained and that the soil you use is as well.

Plant the Plumeria - Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball and twice as wide. Be sure the root ball is level with the existing soil and backfill the hole with rich soil. Tamp down the soil to remove air pockets and water in thoroughly.

Watering - Water plumeria thoroughly just before the soil dries out. During colder months, when the plants are dormant, you can stop watering completely.

Fertilizer - Fertilize every two to three weeks during peak growing season (March to August) with Tiger Bloom by Foxfarm or a Bloom Special fertilizer. You can also supplement with Super Phosphate to help keep a compact size and increase blooms on your plumeria.

Pruning - Prune damaged branches off of your plumeria immediately, or if you wish to control the size, prune branches right where they meet the main trunk.

Pests - You may occasionally see insects such as spider mites, whiteflies or mealybugs on your plumeria. An organic insecticide such as Neem Oil or Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew will treat these insects.

Preventing Disease - Plumeria rust is the most common disease of plumeria and appears as an orange powder accompanied by blisters on the leaves. Treat with Thiomoyl or Liquid Systemic Fungicide.

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