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This is the Plumeria that I posted back in May.

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Wow! It looks terrific!

My Plumerias are looking terrible! The leaves on many of mine are turning yellow...even the large one in the ground. I can't tell if they need more water or not getting enough. It could have been the horrible heat wave, though. My largest Plumeria 'Samoan Fluff' which is planted in the front yard is looking terrific! It only receives a couple hours of full sun a day.

16 Sep, 2013


It certainly looks good Alex!

17 Sep, 2013


When it gets put into the ground it will grow even faster.

18 Sep, 2013


Wait until you see the one that is ready to bloom. Three branches and three flower spikes!!!!!!

18 Sep, 2013



That's great! I knew you would get your plumeria to bloom soon. You get a lot of heat and that's what plumerias love; although, sometimes very hot reflected heat can cause them to burn.

18 Sep, 2013


Honestly, I thought more than one would bloom this year.

20 Sep, 2013


Actually, that's a great accomplishment! Sometimes plumeria takes 4 to 6 years to bloom from seed. I believe your plants are only a couple of years old, right?

This is another reason why I get cuttings, I don't like to wait for them to bloom. Cutting-grown plumeria plants usually bloom within 6 months to a year.

20 Sep, 2013


This plant is 3 years old now.

Remember last year....I had a flower spike but it never bloomed. (it was already too late in the season here)

22 Sep, 2013


3 years is still very young in a plumeria's they can life for many hundreds of years. There's documented trees that are almost 400 years old. Here's a photo of one:

22 Sep, 2013


Wow, I can imagine how beautiful it must look when in full bloom....and the smell!

22 Sep, 2013


Yes, very large plumeria trees can be very spectacular. I've only seen a few very large, old trees here in San Diego (they've only been grown here about 70 or possibly 80 years). In the tropics, like Hawaii...there's many large, old trees which are more than 40 ft (12m) tall and have a much larger spread. The original plumeria tree introduced to Hawaii stands at Foster's Tropical Botanical Gardens and it's over 160 years old.

24 Sep, 2013


Beautiful tree Delonix.

Good news, this Plumeria now has a flower spike!

27 Sep, 2013


That's terrific new! Congratulations! :>) It should bloom soon.

28 Sep, 2013


I am so jealous of you are looking so healthy, but I fear I may never see a bloom for real.....:<)

29 Sep, 2013


That's a shame Milky. I thought maybe with your better than normal summer this year you would have had a surprise.

30 Sep, 2013


Milky; Alexanadramou:

Milky, most likely it's going to happen when you least expect it.

I would have thought the same thing, with the hotter than normal summer in the UK. Plumeria trees love the heat!

Most of my plumerias are still in full bloom. It's been so hot and dry here. This is the time of year all us San Diegans dry out like prunes (because of the very low humidity). lol!

30 Sep, 2013


Well I have fed them superthrive and superbloom right through the summer, and they have had at least 10 hours of sunlight, but maybe they just don't get the humidity here...I don't know what else to try.....

30 Sep, 2013


It's possible your plumerias need more hours of heat. They love warm to hot night time temps. Humidity isn't the plumeria trees grow out in the desert where most of the time the humidity is less than 10%.

1 Oct, 2013


Oh dear.....well I don't know that we can ever achieve hot nightime temps. unless I use the greenhouse heater all year........Don't think hubby will be very impressed with that lol .

1 Oct, 2013


This is the only reason I know why your plumerias haven't bloomed yet. I know you fertilize them well and giving them 10 hours of sunlight, which is perfect. The only reason I know they wouldn't bloom at this point would be not enough accumulated heat.

Even here in San Diego, when the morning lows stay around 70ºF (21ºC) or higher is when the plumerias bloom the best. Also, when the daytime temps stay above 85ºF (30ºC) for many months.

Accumulated hours of heat is important, also. If the temps are 76ºF (26ºC) from 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. almost every day your accumulated hours of heat would be high.

1 Oct, 2013


I have no way of providing that for them.....what a shame, but never mind.....It is nice to see them growing so well and healthy looking. I think I shall just continue to grow those that I now have for as long as they last, but I don't think I should spend on any more seed and definitely not spend on anymore established cuttings.....My own seeds grown this year are already doing far better that a seedling I also bought this year and that was 27

2 Oct, 2013


That's great you stay optimistic. You just never know...the plumerias may surprise you with flowers one day.

I had some problems with my plumerias this year. I had to pull 4 plumeria out of their pots and let them dry out and re-pot them. The roots were rotting. Some of them have been in the same pot for many years -- which they don't like. Plumerias should be re-potted every two or three years with new soil and perlite.

3 Oct, 2013


I will remember that Andy...........Thanks..

3 Oct, 2013


You're welcome. :>)

4 Oct, 2013

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