Watering a Plumeria

kmv1109June 24, 2011

I had a plumeria a couple of years ago and killed by overwatering. Actually, trying to coax a bloom a little too far into dormancy.

So.. Last year, I got a new cutting and decided to start again. It's leafing out nicely, but I'm afraid to overwater!

What's a good rule of thumb for watering a plumeria? I feel like the leaves look a little droopy, but I just gave it a big drink at the first of the week.

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tdogdad(Zone 9)

my rule is water once then no water until leaves are about 5 inches, then water weekly unless it is cool.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 2:12AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

If your cutting is well rooted, and when it's growing strongly with lots of leaves - usually in late June, July and August, they can take quite a bit of water. In dormancy and in Spring just as they leaf out, there is a much higher risk of overwatering with rot being the end result.

Don't know where you live so that will influence everything. I also don't know if you are growing in ground or in pots.

I grow all mine in pots so, during growing season, I water when soil feels dry about a 1/2" to an 1" down. We also have high humidity, so we probably don't need to water near as often as someone in say, Phoenix, AZ.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 2:39PM
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Thanks for the responses!

I'm in the Pacific Northwest USA and I have her in a pot. I'm still bringing her inside at night and on our wet days, which have been many even up to a few days ago. The highest temp we've had so far is barely 85F.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 3:09PM
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I dont think you will have to give it any additional water in the Pacific Northwest. I water my rooted plumerias once a day (they are big plants in small pots so they dry out completely every day in the warm weather). I try not to water my cuttings, but if its above 90F and very very sunny, I will give them a little water too.
My plumerias in the ground never get any additional water (actually I really dont water any of my tropicals in the ground too often).

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 5:49PM
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