How to grow and care for Frangipani Plant (Plumeria rubra) Indoors

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Frangipani Plant, Plumeria rubra

Botanical name: Plumeria rubra
Family: Apocynaceae
Common names: Frangipani, Red Jasmine, Temple Tree

Frangipani Description

Frangipani also called Red Jasmine or Temple Tree is a plant grown for its large clusters of flowers borne at the ends of branches.

The flowers are strongly fragrant, giving off their fragrance in the morning and in the evening which is similar to rose, citrus and cinnamon.

The flower colour in Frangipani ranges from common pink to white with shades of yellow in the center of the flower and the fruits are cylindrical pods but are rare when grown indoors.

Frangipani requires regular pruning to maintain it small and manageable as it can become unruly if let unpruned.

Frangipani Origin

Frangipani is native range extends from tropical regions of central Mexico, Central America, Columbia and Venezuela and it is cultivated in the tropical regions of the world.

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Frangipani Plant, Plumeria rubra

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Frangipani Plant (Plumeria rubra) Care Indoors

Frangipani Plant Light Requirements

Frangipani Plant grows best under bright light with at least 4 hours of sunshine.

Frangipani will not flower if grown under too little light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Frangipani Plant

Water Frangipani thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Frangipani Plant

Average room temperature with a minimum of 130C is ideal for Frangipani Plant.

Protect your Frangipani from draughts to avoid crispy leaf tips and edges. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Frangipani Plant

Frangipani Plant grows best in humid conditions. To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and also discourage pest infestations. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Frangipani Plant

Feed Frangipani Plant with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season to encourage flowering.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Prune Frangipani Plant

Prune Frangipani Plant by removing dead blooms and leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Pinch off the growing tips of your Frangipani Plant to encourage growth of a bushy and compact plant.

Cutback the stems after flowering to 1/3 of their height to encourage new growth and keep your Frangipani Plant compact.

How to Repot Frangipani Plant

Repot Frangipani Plant at the beginning of the growing season in a pot one size larger than the previous one only when the plant becomes pot-bound.

The mature Frangipani Plants can be top-dressed by replacing the top 3-4 inches of soil with fresh potting mixture.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining soil to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of your plant.

Frangipani Plant (Plumeria rubra) Propagation

Frangipani Plant propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Frangipani Plant from stem cuttings

Take stem cuttings of about 4-6 in. from a healthy Frangipani plant while ensuring each cutting has at least 2 leaf nodes.

Dip the lower cut end of the cutting in a rooting hormone to hasten rooting.

Insert the cutting in moist free-draining soil. Cover the set up with clear polythene to create a greenhouse effect in order to promote rooting of your Frangipani cuttings.

Place the set up in a warm brightly lit spot and allow the new Frangipani plants to be well established before transplanting.

Gradually remove the polythene sheet over a period of two weeks to aclimatize the new Frangipani plants to the ordinary growing conditions.

Frangipani Plant, Plumeria rubra

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Frangipani Plant (Plumeria rubra) Problems Indoors

Frangipani Plant dropping flower buds

Underwatering is the cause of flower drop in Frangipani Plant. Water your Frangipani thoroughly and maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season.

Reduce watering in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Frangipani Plant yellowing and wilting

Underwatering is the cause of yellowing and wilted leaves in Frangipani Plant. Water your Frangipani thoroughly and maintain the soil moist at all times during the growing season.

Reduce watering in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Frangipani Plant yellowing leaves

Overwatering Frangipani Plant will cause the leaves to start yellowing.

Reduce watering in the cold months to maintain the soil slightly moist and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Frangipani Plant not blooming (flowering)

There are three possible reasons why Frangipani Plant is not blooming (flowering).

One possible reason why Frangipani Plant is not blooming (flowering) is too little light. Move the Frangipani Plant to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light with some direct sunshine.

The second possible reason why Frangipani Plant is not blooming (flowering) is feeding with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer which promotes foliage growth at the expense of flowers.

Feed your Frangipani Plant with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season to encourage flowering. Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

The third possible reason why Frangipani Plant is not blooming (flowering) is too cold temperatures. Protect your Frangipani Plant from cold draughts and maintain an average room temperature with a minimum of 130C.

Frangipani Plant pests

The common pests in Frangipani are Spider Mites, Scale Insects and Aphids. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Frangipani Plant diseases

Frangipani Plant is prone to Root-rot Disease and Leaf Spot Disease which are promoted by soggy soil and overwet growing conditions.

Ensure the pot for your Frangipani Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Also, reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure also that there is good air circulation for your Frangipani Plant to reduce disease infestation.

Is Frangipani Plant (Plumeria rubra) toxic?

All parts of Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) are toxic to both humans and pets.

If Frangipani Plant is ingested it can cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

Frangipani Plant produces a sap which can cause dermatitis in sensitive skin therefore, always wear gloves when handling your Frangipani.

Keep your Frangipani Plant out of the reach of children and pets to avoid any mishaps.

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