West Indian jasmine
Plumeria alba, commonly called white frangipani or nosegay, is a small rounded deciduous tree of the dogbane family that grows in a vase-shape to 15-25' tall. It features fragrant white flowers with yellow centers. Upright branches are thick but weak and have a milky sap. Very fragrant 5-petaled flowers (to 3" wide) bloom in terminal clusters at the branch tips during all seasons except winters, which is its dormant period. Flowers are white with yellow centers. Oblong-lanceolate green leaves (to 12" long) are spirally clustered at the stem ends.
Frangipani needs bright light to full sun for at least 5 hours of direct sun each day.
Keep soil evenly moist during summers. Water sparingly in winter, when a plant is resting. Yellowing leaves are a sign of overwatering.
Moderate humidity is good for the plant. Place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles 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.
Feed the plant with high-phosphorus fertilizer before summer begins to promote blooming.
Plumeria makes a beautiful potted house plant. They grow well in pots, flowering reliably every summer.
Approximate size : 2 - 2.5 feet
Plumerias need at least 5 hours of direct sun in a day. Keep soil moist during the summers but water sparingly during the winters. You should water the plumeria deeply and make sure it is dry before watering it again. Generally you can water it twice a week during summers.
Not enough water or too much water can lead to the leaves turning yellow. Because they need regular, even amounts of water, dry spells can cause plumeria leaves to turn yellow and cause them to drop off the plant, with the bottom leaves suffering first. If you see yellowing leaves, check the soil by digging down several inches making sure it isn't wet.
Plumerias can be pruned in later winter or early summer before the new growth starts.
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