Pruning Plumerias After a Frost

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Damage from a frost will not travel down the plant, but rot will. After a frost, plumeria stems that are damaged will turn black, all of the blackness must be cut off and some extra to prevent rot infections that will travel through the plant. Continue reading “Pruning Plumerias After a Frost”

Grow Plumeria in Southern California

Plumerias are kind…

And thoughtful, they drop their leaves in the coldest part of the year so you can have more sunshine and warmth. Your plumeria is not dead, it’s just on winter break.

In California, plumerias drop their leaves starting around Christmas time and then start leafing out after a couple of months. Some types of plumerias start before their leaves grow back, putting on a spectacular show.

A good way to kill plumeria is to plant it in a wet clay soil in the shade. Think of them as a kind of cactus with beautiful leaves and flowers. Keep them cool and damp and they will rot.


Plumerias are a tropical dry-adapted plant and they love full sun. Sometimes plumerias don’t bloom if they get too much shade, 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight is best.


Plumerias In Containers

Plumerias make good container plants. To prevent fungal growth, plumerias need light soil with excellent drainage drainage. Sand and cactus mix with pumice or perlite will improve the drainage; wood chips or other compost can be added.Clay pots are better then plastic because they breathe.

Plumerias in the Ground

Plumerias will grow in poor soils and still produce an acceptable plant. If your soil drainage is poor, plant them on a slope where there can be no standing water. Or plant plumeria in a raised planter bed with a good draining mix.


Tips on Growing Plumerias in Areas with Frost

Tips on Growing Plumerias in Areas with Frost

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Plumerias can survive a short freeze even a dip into the 20s, but longer than 30 minutes will begin to kill the bud ends. When the temperature drops below freezing, the latex sap freezes.

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If there is going to be a freeze spray water on your plumerias, This is exactly what citrus growers do during frost. The dry surface and dust will attract frost crystals to the plant and cause it to freeze, also the water on the surface will freeze and absorb all of the cold as it freezes, saving the plant underneath. If you can set the sprinkler to water them at 4 AM and 5 AM, which are the coldest points of the night, that would be excellent.

Wrapping up plumeria with a blanket or tarp or overhead plastic can also save the plant. But plastic to cover your plants because it will retain the cold under and help freeze the plant. Some people put cotton socks over the tips.

Incandescent (Old-fashioned non-LED) Christmas lights can be wrapped around the plant for additional heat.

Plumeria in Containers

Exposed plumeria in containers will be killed if left out in the frost.

  • Before the Frost move the containers under a patio or protected roof area if not inside.
  • Water them and spray them down
  • Wrap them in a blanket
  • Move them to someplace where they can get warm air or against a warm wall or building

Pruning Plumerias After a Frost




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How much water should I give my Plumeria Cuttings?

One of the most common reasons for replacement cuttings is discovering that the Plumeria was over-watered.  We tend to think of plants needing plenty of water and sun.  Plumeria cuttings should get water – but allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Do not over water.  This is important in providing the best chance of growing this beautiful plant. Our customer service is top notch; we are here to help in any way we can.