Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Plant of the Month

The plant of the month for September is the beautiful Plumeria!

This outstanding plant is native to tropical America. This small tree will only grow to be, at most, 30 ft tall while requiring a hot, dry climate. It usually takes 5 years for the tree to mature.The flowers that bloom from the plumeria are very fragrant and tend to appear between the months of March and October. 

The best way to propagate the plant is to use cuttings because this method will maintain the cultivar. The cuttings should be 1–2 ft long and should be allowed to “cure” in a dry place for at least two weeks before planting. After curing, plant them in well drained soil. Do not water too much or too often while rooting is occurring.

In Hawaii, the beautiful flowers are used to make leis. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh! I didn't know that plumerias were the "lei" flowers... I suppose I should have guessed. Cool!