4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.
Plumerias or Frangipanis are a group of mostly small stature, deciduous, succulent-like trees that are native in the tropical to subtropical regions of Central and South American, Mexico, and the Caribbean. They have a unique and interesting growth habit, beautiful, showy flowers in a wide range of colors and are wonderfully fragrant, especially in the early evening.
Discovery of the species is credited to the 17th century botanist, Charles Plumier. The common name Frangipani comes from an Italian nobelman who is developed a perfume derived from the fragrant flowers. It is known by a number of other common names across many cultures, including, yas, yasmin, champa, chafa, Deva ganneru (Divine Nerium or Oleander) , Khagi Leihao, Melia, Araliya, Gaai daan fa (Egg Yolk Flower), Sacuanjoche, Calachuchi and Kamboja.
Plants with long histories, rich and interesting backgrounds are always among our favorites here. One of the things we love admire most about plumerias (aside from their wonderful fragrance and stunning beauty) is all they many interesting and myths and folklore surrounding them. Some believe they can provide shelter for ghosts and spirits, and that vampires forget they are hungry when intoxicated by the exotic perfume of the flowers. Wearing of the flowers in a certain manner or in certain colors has different meanings in different cultures, such as wearing the flower above the left or right ear by Polynesian women to indicate whether they are betrothed or available. In Bengali culture white plumeria flowers are associated with funerals. The trees are frequently seen in cemeteries and on the grounds and gardens of temples and sanctuaries, with flowers being used in variety of religious ceremonies and offerings. In India cream colored plumerias are traditionally used in wedding ceremonies, but never red.
Plumerias have unusual, thick, fleshy, succulent-like stems, with close growing leathery leaves that sprout joints along the fleshy stalks. They begin blooming in early summer through early fall with large, highly fragrant, long lasting, waxy, five petaled flowers. They make excellent cut flowers, and are frequently used in bridal arrangements, corsages, leis and a wide and imaginative assortment of decorative ways. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of cultivars, with new hybrids being constantly introduced in a variety of pink, red, white and yellow color pallettes.
The flowers of the Rainbow cultivar are multiple, blended shades of pink, peach, yellow and white.
||Frangipani, Lei Plant, Temple Tree
||10 to 12 feet
||Pink, Yellow, White
||5 Petaled Single
||9, 10, 11
||Highly Fragrant, Showy Bloom, Unusual growth habit
||Urban Tree, Accent, Potted
||All parts are considered toxic
Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape.
When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11. can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.
Plant early in the season when there is no danger of frost or freeze.
Plant in very well draining, fertile soil. Amend planting location with high quality organic and porous material as needed.
Locate in full sun to light shade.
Supply adequate irrigation, but take care not to overwater. Plumerias prefer consistently slightly moist soil.
Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting plant food with the initial planting then yearly thereafter. Supplement with water soluble fertilize between feedings.
Plants may be pruned lightly after flowering for shape if needed or desired. Generally, they take on interesting shape and character and shape left to their own devices with very little intervention being needed.
Protect from frost and freeze. Most cultivars will drop their leaves and enter dormancy when the night time temps drop out of the 50's, but should still be well protected from temperatures near or below freezing.