White Frangipani / Bridal Bouquet
FAMILY : Apocynaceae
ORIGIN : Panama, Columbia, Venezuela
TYPE/USES : shrub/small tree
SIZE : 6'-15' (trimmable)
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : full sun to partial sun
WATER REQUIREMENTS : keep on the dry side
MIN. TEMP. : low 30's for a short period of time
FLOWER : warm months of the year / year round in tropical climates / flowers are not fragrant/very mild fragrance
Plumeria pudica is perhaps the best Plumeria available today. They are very easy to grow and bloom most of the year. We noted only a light fragrance for this species.This Plumeria requires a lot of direct sun and drier conditions most of the year. This is the only Plumeria that is normally evergreen in warmer locations. Younger plants can lose their leaves in winter, but mature plants in the ground can keep their leaves if the winter was not too cold. They can use a little water during the warmer months, something like once every 10-15 days if it doesn't rain.
During the winter freezing temperatures should be avoided, the plant can be kept drier with watering every 4 weeks or so. Plumerias don't like wet soil, therefore good drainage is important. Fertilization should be done primarily during the warmer months when the plant is actively growing. Fertilize with the approximate 1-1-1 ratio are preferable.
Many varieties of Plumerias are affected by "rust' especially during the late summer/fall. We haven't seen this problem affecting the Plumeria pudica.