Green Thumbs

Passion for growing plants

   Jul 23

Hawaii flower, Frangipani or Plumeria

Sometime in the beginning of the year I ordered Plumeria seeds from a Danish site. I googled like mad to see how the seeds should be planted and read that Plumerias aren’t true to seed. That made me order two packages of mixed colours. I planted them with the chubby part down in the earth and the wing up in the air as I had read. Time went by and I just gave them a little bit water now and then, I think I even let them dry out once or twice since we had a cold winter and the radiators were on full blast.

Then, lo and behold, one gloomy Sunday I saw a tiny hint of green in the pot. Eagerly I took a closer look and against all odds the seeds had started to germinate! After searching the Internet some more I came to the conclusion that I had to remove the seed coating to ease the growth of the cytoledons. That very afternoon I saw the first tiny leaves of my Plumerias’ develop.

Now many months later I have replanted some of them once and others twice and they are coming along nicely.
I am well aware that it might take many years before I see them flower in my harsh climate and that they also may be nothing special to others. But to me they will always remain prized plants and my private escape to Hawaii!
Name: Plumeria, Frangipani
Where: Pacific Islands, Southern US, Mexico, Central America
Uses: Ornamental, famous for its use in Hawaiian flower leis
Warnings: Frost tender

Here is a picture from when they just had shed their seed coats. And one later on outside.

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