Botanical Name: Plumeria Rubra
Also Known as:
- Jasmine mango
- Pagoda tree
- Red nosegay tree
- Temple flower
- Temple tree
- West Indian jasmine
Plumeria Rubra is a deciduous shrub
Plumeria Rubra is a deciduous shrub or small tree of vase or umbrella shape with fleshy, succulent branches boasting highly fragrant, spiral-shaped, yellow-centered pink to red flowers.
Blooming throughout most of the year in tropical areas, the blossoms are borne in terminal clusters at branch tips.
Plumeria care requires bright light to full sun. Plants that don’t bloom aren’t getting enough sun. Growing Plumeria require at least 5 hours of direct sun each day.
Keep soil evenly moist spring through fall. Water sparingly in winter, when the plant is resting, yellowing leaves are a sign of overwatering.
Try to maintain 40-50% relative humidity. Use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity around the plant. Misting is also a good idea in summer. With Plumeria care should be taken to mist the foliage, not the flowers.
Plumeria prefers temperatures between 65-80°F/18-27°C. It will tolerate high temperatures, but if you move it outdoors for the summer, bring it back inside if the temperature drops below 55°F/13°C at night. It’s tropical, not hardy.
It performs best in rich, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils.
Fertilize spring through autumn, applying every three to four months. Use a water-soluble blend high in phosphorus (middle number), which promotes blooming. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of a 10-30-10 or 10-52-10 into the water and pour over the soil.