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Hi,

I have been lurking for some time, and have just joined. It's a great forum.

I have a plumeria that have been growing from seed. It's about 80cm tall now but does not seem in a rush to branch...

Has anyone experience or tips about growing plumerias in the UK?


Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:49 pm
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You might try Plumeria obtusa- "Singapore Pink"..they seem to make better indoor winter plants and also bloom better then the P.rubra. P.rubra 'Celadine' is hardiest to cold,but it might for you be dormant 7-8 month of the year if you are doing the outdoors in spring until fall frost . P.obtusa is evergreen.
Jim in Iowa has one..PM him about how its doing being overwintered indoors.


Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 pm
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Hi Stan,

Thanks for the reply.

I might try Plumeria obtusa when I get space.


Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:11 pm
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Hi Romain,
Welcome to the forum you have picked a tough plant to try to grow congrats on growing it from seed...kudos to you!

I have a couple of sticks of Plumeria both have since branched but they are very difficult to keep going red spider mite love them as do those white sucky things. :(
I have mine in John Innes seed compost I try to keep them warm in my celler through winter and they stay in the green house in summer.
I have once got them to flower after keeping the pests off in winter and the plants staying evergreen and then baking them in the greenhouse.....best of luck!

Have you had any problems with pests and losing the leaves in winter?


Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:33 pm
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Hi Kev,

Thanks!

Oh yes, mine has already been attacked by red mites twice. The first time I was quite clueless about what was going on and it lost all of it leaves before I treated it...
Since then I have been keeping a close eye on the leaves and immediately treated it when I noticed the first signs of infestation.

I keep it outside in summer. In fact this year it stayed outside until October, though it was probably a bit too long as it had stopped growing but was otherwise OK.
In winter I move it to the living room where it sits by a south-facing window and the radiator.

It's potted in John Innes seed compost as well.

I have had issues with loss of leaves in winter. It seems that it may be due to overwatering. It happened again this year after I moved it inside.

Now I only water it approx. a small glass of water every 4 days more or less (less than twice a week for sure) and it's been growing steadily without losing leaves.

I read that, from seeds, they flower only after they branch so I have been waiting for a sign but so far nothing. It's going to start it's third year so perhaps it's just a question of waiting for it to mature a bit.


Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:37 pm
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Post Re: Growing plumeria in the UK
P.rubra has a dormant season- drops ALL leaves- even in tropical climates. Its just that the more cool the climate,and cooler the summers,they will stay dormant much longer then in the tropics. P.obtusa tends to stay in leaf if kept indoors in house temperatures. Moving them indoors,the acclimation then back out is also tricky..they aren't used to the higher uv and light levels. Most of the time,they drop the spring indoor flush when put outside in summer...then come back with outdoor leaves. whew!..work.


Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:25 pm
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That's very interesting, Stan. I didn'tknow P. Rubra was deciduous!

From the shape of the leaves I do think I have a P. Rubra. So perhaps I should not let it by the radiator in winter but move to a cooler place, then.

Here it is as of today. Most of those leaves grew since I moved it backinside for the winter.
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Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:48 am
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Hi, Romain:
For being grown indoors, your frangipani, is very well taken care of, and very healthy. Congratulations!
Mine look like this, after taking them indoors in an unheated gallery, for 4 weeks now, due to heavy rains and cool temperatures.

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This one is branching freely after setting flowers:

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They like being in the sun, that´s why I take them out from early april to november , and when it is sunny and warm in winter.This way, they don´t suffer from red spiders and white flies so much.To prevent this, I sprinkle them with a few drops of dish soap dilluted in water. Specially under the leaves.
Definitely, plumerias grown from seed, are the hardiest of all for me. The funny thing is that you never know what colour their flowers will be, not like when grown from cuttings.

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Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:11 pm
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Hi Julio, thanks. I hope my plumeria can get to the same size as yours.


Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:18 am
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