How to grow and care for plumeria

Here are the basic instructions to help guide you with basic steps to grow and care for Plumeria in your garden.

Have you ever wondered if you have a green thumb for gardening? If you have the instructions on how to grow and care for your plants and flowers, anyone can learn to be a connoisseur of gardening.

Here are the instructions on how to grow and care for Plumeria, a tropical flowering plant, favorable to the climate of the Gulf coast region.

The Plumeria should be planted in the spring when the chance of frost recurring has passed. Plumeria do not do well in cold weather and should be protected if the weather dips below forty degrees. If the Plumeria is in an outdoor container, you could bring the plant indoors until the very cold weather passes.

The characteristics, such as the color changing and dropping off of the leaves are typical of the Plumeria and other plants that become dormant in the winter months. To avoid the yellowing and dropping off of the leaves in the winter months, you can cut the leaves off about an inch away from the stem.

Step one

First of all, you'll need to decide if you are going to plant the Plumeria in the ground or in a container. Plumerias are generally not an indoor plant however, so if you decide to use a container keep it outdoors in plenty of sunlight. The Plumeria if planted in the ground tend to grow rather large, and if used in a container or pot they will fill it to its capacity.

Plumeria will require at least six hours of sunlight each day to achieve the best flowering on the plant, so you will need to pick an area in your yard appropriate for planting and to accommodate adequately the growing Plumeria plant. If you find the Plumeria is not blooming move the plant into a place in the yard where there is more direct sunlight on the plant.

Step two

It's best to add a fertilizer to your dirt and potting soil when you begin planting. Miracle-Gro seems to work well, but any other fertilizer with a high Phosphorus content works best for Plumeria. Typically, you should fertilize the Plumeria every two weeks or more in the Spring and Summer months.

Step three

Remember to water the area around the Plumeria after planting it in the ground, or if you choose to use a container, use one that has adequate drainage holes in the bottom to avoid over watering of the plant. Check the container at least once a week or sooner if the potting soil becomes dry. The Plumerias planted in the yard seem to do very well even when the weather becomes drier, but as with other outdoor plants, watering and other care such as weeding will tend to keep your plants thriving.

Finally, once the Plumeria plant is growing and blooms are abundant, you may choose to make a cutting to further propagate the plant, and this preferably would be in the spring. You should see a bloom in the next growing season from the current cutting.

Plumerias are an easy plant to grow with the proper care and attention, and the beautiful blooms they can produce will probably hasten your desire to cultivate even more Plumerias in your garden the next year!

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