Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants, which is native to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species of this shrub come in the shape of small trees or deciduous plants.

The species are indigenous to Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. They can even be found as far south as Brazil and are also harvested as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warmer regions.

Will Plumeria bloom indoors?

Plumeria plants thrive best when placed in areas of full sunlight. For best results grow them in a space that promises at least half a day of regular sun exposure – this will encourage them to bloom properly.

Plant them in containers that are the correct size and use well-drained soil. When growing these plants indoors, you will need to invest in grow lights to ensure they receive an adequate amount of light.

Are Plumeria harmful to dogs?

Plumeria plants often referred to as Frangipanis, are widespread shrubs that can be mildly poisonous to animals, including dogs. The animal in question will only have a reaction if they ingest the leaves or flowers, as both can irritate the digestive tract.

If dogs ingest whole flowers, they can quickly develop excessive salivation. Other signs include vomiting and diarrhea. If you notice any of these effects, take your animal to the vets immediately, where he or she will be given prompt supportive treatment to deter any further complications.

How long does this plant take to grow?

A plumeria comes in the shape of a fast-growing tropical tree that boasts an abundance of fragrant blooms that appear during the months of March and October. Even the smaller trees can reach impressive heights of 30 feet at full maturity. For best results, and to ensure maximum growth, they require a warm climate.

Are the flowers edible?

Although plumerias require frost-free weather to grow outdoors all-year-round, they can thrive in containers indoors during the cooler months. For best results, bring these species inside in the winter.

The aromatic flowers are conventionally used to make garlands and although parts of plumeria are toxic, the flowers are in fact edible.

Are Plumeria succulents?

There are an array of varieties of succulent plants to choose from and with their thick, fleshy stems that hold large amounts of water, it’s often a surprise to learn that certain species of these plants are in fact succulents.

Does the Plumeria hibernate?

Plumeria do hibernate and it’s important not to confuse dormancy with a plant that is dead! Expect for the leaves to drop off during the winter if left outdoors and for your Plumeria to simply be a stem.

This actually benefits the plant as it is able to store energy ahead of a new growing season, when you can expect new foliage and flowers as the weather improves. Bring your Plumeria indoors if you want to avoid defoliation.

Are the roots invasive?

Research indicates plumeria roots are non-invasive, which means green-fingered connoisseurs won’t have any issues planting them in confined areas. The root mass is slightly compact and although plumeria is a tree, you can still expect the root mass to be equal to that of the canopy spread.

Are these plants poisonous to humans?

Plumeria can grow to become large shrubs or even small trees. All parts of this plant are considered to be toxic and the sap can certainly cause a rash to those who have sensitive skin. Despite there being no definitive cases of plumeria poisoning, the alkaloids in plumeria make this plant extremely bitter.

Why are my Plumeria plant’s leaves drooping?

Excess watering of your plant’s soil can cause it to become waterlogged, which is certainly not a healthy environment for plumeria to thrive in. A little like we would be uncomfortable residing under water all the time, these plant’s need air and their roots require plenty of oxygen. If the roots have too much water, they will deteriorate and the leaves will wilt.

Where to plant Plumeria?

You can grow Plumeria from a cutting in a short period of time. In fact, just a week later, you can replant your plumeria plant cuttings. For best results, prepare a mixture of 2/3 perlite and 1/3 potting soil and place in a large container. If you reside in a warmer climate, you can also plant them directly in the ground.

Who sells these plants?

You can find these plants at your local garden center and at an online florist. If you know a neighbor or friend who is already growing them, you can also plant them from cutting. These bold and showy flowers are a great addition to the garden, especially if you wish to add interest and color to an otherwise neutral space.

They’re also extremely easy to care for, which makes them even more attractive. In addition to this, there are a number of species to choose from, meaning you can choose the one that is right for you and the location you live in.

Start growing some plants. Should you prefer flowers or plants, garden centers, and online florists have an abundance of choice, many of which offer same and next day flower delivery.

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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