indoor plumeria

diananovice(6)March 15, 2006

I live in Missouri and am attempting to grow a Plumeria in my sunroom. This winter I did not move it out of the sunroom, but let it continue to grow. I move it throughout the day so it can get as much as 8 hours of sunlight(when weather allows). The room faces west and we maintain a temperature of about 68 to 73 F.

It is rooted from a cutting my son and daughter brought me from Hawaii 2 years ago. It is currently in a 7 1/2 inch pot, is 20 inches tall, and grew about 10 inches in the last 3 or 4 months. Can I repot it in a 15 gallon pot, put it on a garden trolly, and not repot it anymore?

Will that help the trunk get thicker and branch off? Can I simply prune it ocasionally to keep it a managable size?

I feed it Miracle Grow (15-30-15) every other week. It has never bloomed.

I am not a gardener and don't usually keep indoor plants other than a peace lilly and ivy that I don't have any longer. I am a novice when it comes to growing plants that require more care.

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mikeod(Z9 FL)

I would suggest moving it up in pot size more gradually. I hav heard of plumeria rotting if they are moved into a very large pot too quickly. I move mine from 1 gallon size to 5 gal to 15 gal as they grow. Look for roots emerging from the drain holes as a sign the plant needs a larger pot. The plant should get thicker as you move it into larger pots. I have to admit there are growers who put them into the larger pots right away, but most of the growers I speak with in CA use the stepwise method above.
As far as blooming, plumeria bloom when they feel like it. People advise using a "bloom enhancer" fertilizer which has a high middle number. The miracle grow seems to have that. Plumeria branch when they bloom, with the new branches developing at the base of the bloom stalk. You can force branching by pruning the tip of the plant. New branches will form at the cut tip. However, this will delay blooming because blooms (inflorescences) develop only at the tip of a branch. Pruning will keep the plant a manageable size. I try to prune mine to keep them fairly symmetrical, then root the part I have cut off to make another plant.

Go to plumeria101.com. They have a great amount of information for plumeria care.

Mike

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 8:54AM
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frangipaniaz(z9 Az)

Ditto to pretty much everthing Mike said, but the regular miracle gro encourages leaf growth whereas a bloom booster provides the nutrients to encourage flower development... I use Miracle Gro Bloom Booster which is a 10-52-10, a much higher middle number... plumeria also need light and warmth... if it's not getting enough of either then it also will no flower... the warmer the better... I live in Phoenix and we don't lack for warmth... I kept a few of mine in the greenhouse for winter to encourage growth and blooming and was regularly hitting 90-100 and one of them has an inflo... that's not saying that you NEED really high temps, but they come from a warmer weather climate and thrive on the warmth... I would be careful pruning yours right now... how many arms does it have?? If only a couple then I wouldn't recommend it, and if it has no arms I wouldn't prune it until it has branched... and like Mike said, your blooms come from the growth tip so you will severely delay blooming if you cut it off... I hope some of this helps... also realize that some cuttings are more stubborn than others... what kind of plumeria is it, do you know?? Good luck and feel free to ask more questions... and plumeria101 is a great site
Brittany :)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 3:55PM
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