First Bloom for a Newbie

mcdaviesSeptember 14, 2013

To say I'm new to the hobby is an understatement. I discovered plumeria last month when I saw a display at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. I fell in love with these beauties and did a lot of internet research. Was hesitant to try growing them up here in the Great White North given our weather is anything but tropical, but thought I'd give it a try.

Best thing that happened was hooking up with Massimo, an experienced grower in the Toronto area. Spent an evening picking his brain and adopting a few seedlings. In addition, he had a 6 year old potted tree that I took hadn't bloomed as yet but looked like it might do so this year.

Given that the weather is starting to turn in Ontario, I have the plants indoors under CFL's and the seedlings on heat mats. Well...a few weeks later...success! My first plumeria bloom! Not that I can take much credit...Massimo kinda set it up on a tee for me...LOL...

Never the less, a great introduction to the hobby...hoping for a bunch more blooms over the next few weeks!


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tdogdad(Zone 9)

I am most impressed to find you Canucks successfully growing plumerias. It is an accomplishment to gain a flower so far from the tropics. Now I have to tease my friend in Thunder Bay who thought it was too far north. Congratulations. Bill

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 12:19PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Mark!

I agree !

Fantastic job growing up north !

There isnt a Better feeling when you push the limits and successfully have a blooming tree !

What a beautiful tree and bloom!!!

Congratulations on a job well done!!!

Take care,


    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 1:37PM
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No-Clue(So Cal Zone 9)

Hi there,

Awesome job! That's one gorgeous flower!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 2:58PM
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"WOW" You did it and now the addiction really begins. It's just so hard to say no to these plants. Your in good company. Congrats!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:28AM
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