Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The species variously are endemic to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil and north as Florida, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely according to region, variety, and whim, but frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common. Plumeria is also used as a common name, especially in horticultural circles.
Plumeria is a sun loving plant, hence it requires 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Adequate amount of sunlight ensures good growth and heavy bloom in plumeria plant.
Plumerias require profuse watering but keep in mind that overwatering can damage your plants. Apply water only when the topsoil seems completely dry.
Excess watering or water logging condition in the pot can lead to root rot. Reduce watering when leaves start falling down.
Feeding of plumeria is one kind of skill. After transplantation just feed one teaspoon bone meal in a month. It promotes vegetative growth.
Spread bonemeal on the potting mix and do not mix it with soil. Apply water soon after fertilizer application. Nutrient will leech down and roots will consume the nutrients.
After vegetative growth next year start feeding with phosphate-rich fertilizer. Phosphate rich fertilizer induces blooms.
Avoid adding fertilizers during the rainy and winter season. It may infect your plant by root or stem rot.
Pruning & Care
For more blooming you should control and maintain plant size by pruning. Pruning helps to more branches out and thereby more blooming occurs. But do not prune out stalks.
Every year 2 to 4 inches topsoil should be replaced with new fresh soil. it should be done before spring comes.
Pests & Diseases
Fungal infections can occur during the rainy and winter season. In these seasons Plumeria can be at risk of root and stem rot caused by fungal infection. In such cases spray any broad-spectrum fungicide.
You can also use organic fungicide to protect your plant.
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