The Plumeria (Frangipani) is one of the most succulent plants around and it blooms during the warm months, normally from June to November or December depending on the weather. The plants, during the months of autumn and winter need little care, because while it’s cold it needs no watering.

flower of the month image1Start watering in the spring when there are signs of the first buds of leaves.  Ideally, Plumeria is in its element when it can have plenty of sun and enough water to maintain soil moistness just above a state of dryness. A common mistake of novice Plumeria growers is to over-water the plant when it is not exposed to enough sun, thereby resulting in a rotted root system. Conversely, if a Plumeria plant receives maximum exposure to the sun, but they aren’t watered enough, the plant will die. It can be propagated easily from cuttings of leafless stem tips in spring. Cuttings should be allowed to dry at the base before planting in well-drained soil. Cuttings are particularly susceptible to rot in moist soil.

The Plumeria is related to the Oleander and possesses the same irritant.

Plumeria Rubra Acutifolia, depending on their origin may have the typical white and yellow flower, though different shades of pink and purple and even red flower are found in Asia. All of them can now be found in Spain because of its perfect adaptation to the climate we have. The flowers are most fragrant at night.

The Plumeria does not usually have to worry about pests. Aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs sometimes attack the plant, but these are very easy to remove with organic insecticide or contact insecticide.

Irrigation always depends on the container in which it is planted, as it is watered only when the soil is completely dry. Transplant Plumeria during the hot months into very good substrata.
This succulent grows with long stems and has a very elegant flower. Its leaves are long and wide, although these are lost for about three months. It is ideal for the garden, balcony or terrace with little work for its beauty, fragrance and flowering. The Plumeria flowers are ideal for cutting and using in floral decorations such as leis.

By Jardineria El Milagro