You are buying one starter plant of Plumeria, the Frangipani, also known as the Temple Tree and Lei flower (similar shown in picture 2 with scale, maybe little bigger or smaller) grown from seed Which was harvested from Red and Pink flowered hybrids.
Plumeria tree is best known for its showy clusters of waxy flowers produced over a long period in Summer. These flowers are treasured by the Polynesian Islanders for their durability, fragrances and colors of whites, yellows, pinks, reds, and multiple pastels. There is absolutely nothing like the sweet fragrance of Plumeria in flower, with fragrances of jasmine, citrus, spices, gardenia, and other indescribable scents. Flowering can last up to 3 months at a time producing new blooms everyday. Once picked, a bloom can last for several days without wilting if kept in water. Plumeria leaves are deciduous, green, large and shiny. However, when examined closely, they can exhibit remarkable color variation that is species and variety dependent. Since Plumeria have a natural dormant period, this can correspond very conveniently to an indoor storage period during the Winter months. Before storage, the Plumeria should be defoliated. The best technique for this is to cut each and every leaf off the plant at a point about one inch out from the stem. If you do not defoliate, the leaves will yellow and fall off during storage, and provide a good environment for pests and fungus. In colder climates Plumeria should be grown in containers. They make beautiful potted plants for the patio or greenhouse. Store the Plumeria in a cool, dry, dark, and ventilated area such as a garage or storage shed. Temperatures should not be allowed to fall below freezing in the storage area. By all means, if temperatures are expected to Fall into the 30s°F, the plant should be protected. Plumeria require very little care. As soon as temperatures rise outdoors they can be brought out. They will resume growth, leaf out and begin to grow as if nothing happened. However, in milder climates, Plumeria can be grown outdoors in the ground, where they make a small beautiful landscape trees. Plumeria can be grown in containers, in the ground, or in containers sunk in the ground. For container planting use a coarse, well draining potting soil, such as potting mix with perlite and sand. Plumeria are heavy feeders and will bloom and grow vigorously with an ample amount of the proper foods. However, in order to discourage excessive stem elongation and to promote flowering, fertilizers low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous are recommended. Plumerias should be fed in Spring when growth begins, every 2 to 3 weeks through the end of August. In the Fall, stop feeding and reduce water to encourage the plant to go into its natural dormant period. Grow them on in full light, with good ventilation in an outside, in a greenhouse or even a sunny window. During the months of active growth, ample sun, food and water are essential. Healthy Plumeria will bloom regularly and profusely when they receive at least 6 hours of full sun per day. Plumeria love lots of water, but cannot tolerate wet feet, so they must be planted in fast draining soil or in beds with adequate drainage. Water Plumerias deeply, let soil dry out somewhat before watering again. Begin to reduce the frequency of watering in mid-October, as the cool season approaches. Water moderately at all times, but in Winter, after the leaves have fallen, keep the plants nearly dry until Spring when moderate re-watering can commence. In Winter, a small monthly drink probably does more good than harm. How to grow in containers: Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes; plumeria must never (never!) sit in waterlogged soil or they will die. 1. Site your plumeria where they will receive full sun. These are tropical plants and they like hot conditions. 2. Gently slip the plant and root ball out of the pot and place in a hole the same depth as the soil clump. Firm the surrounding soil around the plant, checking to make sure the plumeria is positioned level with the rest of the ground (not deeper nor more shallow). 3. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the root ball. Slim, leathery leaves will form within a few weeks. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, but keep in mind that infrequent deep watering is better than regular lighter drinks. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. These plants do well with less water than most people assume. Plumeria appreciate applications of high nitrogen fertilizer early in the season, typically through April. 4. In early May encourage flower bud formation by switching to a high phosphorous fertilizer and apply it every 2-3 weeks through August. Plumeria flower mid summer to fall. When in bloom, feel free to snip flowers for bud vase bouquets or float the blossoms in a low bowl of water. This will not hurt the plants and will provide a supply of extraordinarily fragrant flowers. 5. After blooming has finished for the season and the weather begins to cool plumeria slip into a dormancy period. It is normal for leaves to drop at this time while the plant rests. Water infrequently during the fall and stop watering during the winter. (In zones 9 and cooler, bring your plumeria indoors. Do not let the plants freeze.) 6. Your plumeria will rest for a few months before beginning the spring growing cycle. During this time, enjoy the attractively branched, vase-shaped form which is clearly visible without the leaves. With warm spring weather and longer days, resume watering and fertilizing. New leaves will emerge Happy Gardening! When you order a plant we assume you are prepared to care for it. Please have potting media and a container prepared for your plant before it arrives. Shipping can be stressful on a plant, and any mistakes you make up on arrival can stress the plant further, which is not good. Proper care is critical upon arrival. Make sure to acclimate it to full-sun exposure gradually and to also watch the plant carefully for sun burning issues if your weather goes over 100 degrees F.Please moist the plant and root up on arrival.
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