Gardening

Frangipani: an indoor wonder


Frangipani is a shrub used indoors for its beautiful flowering and great decorative power.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Plumeria
Family : Apocynaceae

Height
: 1.5 m indoors
Exposure : Sunny or bright
Ground : Rather rich and well drained

Foliage
: Semi persistent
Flowering : Summer

Caring for frangipani requires some care, whether in watering, location or to prevent disease.

Planting frangipani

Indoors, the cultivation of potted frangipani requires a relatively rich soil and therefore a good soil.

If you want to plant a frangipani, wait for spring and choose a sunny spot.

Frangipani outdoors:

This plant is native to Central America and therefore will not adapt to just any climate.

  • The temperature should not never go below 5 °. The hardiness of frangipane is therefore quite low.
  • Favor a well-drained soil to avoid water stagnation
  • You can mix potting soil with river sand (80-20%) and put clay balls at the bottom of the pot to improve drainage

On the other hand, a potted frangipane can easily spend the whole summer outdoors.

Repotting the frangipani:

In order to flower and bloom again, the frangipani tree needs relatively rich soil.

Growing in containers requires regular repotting, first so that the roots have room to develop, and second to give it the nutrients it needs.

  • Repotting the frangipani every 2 to 3 years is recommended.
  • Choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

Watering the frangipani

The frangipani requires very little water in winter, but regular watering in spring and summer, especially if the weather is hot.

It's here essential condition for it to bloom.

In winter, it is even advisable to let the soil dry out totally between 2 waterings.

We slowly resume watering in spring, as soon as the leaves start to open

In summer we water regularly, preferably with non-calcareous rainwater (or mineral water)

Caring for frangipani

The frangipani is quite easy and requires very low maintenance.

Indoors, in an apartment, you will choose a bright place and ideally sunny most of the day.

You can install it outside during the summer, from May to September or October, avoiding places that are too hot because this could dry out the plant and a too sudden change could stress it.

To bloom well, the frangipani needs a certain contrast between 2 seasons, the dry winter period and the wet summer period.

Frangipani size:

No pruning is really necessary in the frangipani.

Remove faded flowers as you go to encourage new blooms to appear and avoid exhausting the plant.

Frangipani diseases

If you can see a white cottony lump, it is definitely a mealybug.

This parasite sets in when the atmosphere in the room is too dry and the temperature is high.

  • Check out our tip sheet for eradicating cochineal

It is also possible that the frangipani is faced with rot when the soil is too wet.

Water only when the soil is dry and make sure that your pot does not allow water to stagnate near the roots, it should be well drained and have a hole in the bottom.

Smart tip

You can use the flowers, edible, for decorating dishes, desserts and salads.

Video: Overwintering Plumeria in a Cold Climate (October 2020).