The collage below shows some of my plumerias growing and flowering in Chicago, plant hardiness zone 5. These plumerias are grown exactly the same way as described in my frangipani book.
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It is my bible for growing plumerias.
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Welcome all Plumeria and Tropical Plant Lovers,
My name is Bob Walsh. I have been growing plumerias for more than 10 years in Chicago, USA, which is plant hardiness zone 5. What started out as a hobby turned into passion for these exquisite tropical plants.
After experimenting for many years with different soil mixes, fertilizers, foliar feeding techniques, cuttings, seeds, rooted plants, fungicides, insecticides, and more, I discovered successful growing techniques for plumerias outside their native subtropical and tropical climates.
Subtropical and tropical regions of the world have their own built-in advantages and benefits that provide the ideal climates and conditions for growing these beautiful plants. The growing techniques I developed can be applied to all climates in the world as far north as Alaska, and including tropical and subtropical regions.
Family and friends encouraged me to share the knowledge I gained with others. The result is my one of a kind step-by-step plumeria plant care guide 'How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!'.
The following video shows some of my plumerias growing in Chicago. These plumerias are outdoors from May to October. During the colder months of the year the smaller ones continue to grow and flower under plant lights indoors and the taller ones go dormant. Please click on picture below to start the video.
Page 42....Planting Process For The Unrooted Cutting
Have the following items ready before starting to plant your cuttings....
Wooden (bamboo) plant stake about the same height of the cutting plus long enough to touch the bottom of the container.
Pre-measured and precut tie-ups, green colored coated wire, similar to those you receive with plastic bags.
Tie-ups are sold on a roll....
Rooting hormone....preferably a rooting hormone with a fungicide.
*** Potting medium is discussed on another page.
All of the above items are readily available at local garden centers.
Page 73....Outdoor Care
When growing plumerias outdoors during the summer months there are three options on how you can grow them....
I stayed up and read your book last night. You are a very talented writer. I loved the way you presented the step by step details on how to grow plumerias.
I really like the bonus section of your book with the history growing forms. Since I just planted everything in the last 3 weeks I am going to use them right away.
Also thank you for the list of nurseries you included in your book....one is just a short drive away. As you can see your book and all the great information has already helped me out RIGHT AWAY! Thank you so much!
The unrooted cutting of 'India', pictured below, with no inflorescence, flower stalk, showing has been planted on April 4, 2012 in Chicago, plant hardiness zone 5.
Soon after planting the inflorescence emerged. The cutting continued to develop the inflorescence and roots SIMULTANEOUSLY.
As of May 15, 2012 the first flowers have opened and the plant is firmly anchored in the pot indicating good root development.
May 15, 2012, 'India' in Chicago, Plant Hardiness Zone 5
On March 1, 2012 I received an email from Ms. Micheline Patterson from Fairbanks, Alaska, thanking me for my “wonderful” plumeria book which she had purchased.
Ms. Patterson informed me that she is in the process of rooting some cuttings which she bought while vacationing on Hawaii.
June 4, 2012, three months later, I received a follow-up email from Ms. Patterson showing her success in flowering and growing plumerias in Alaska.
With her permission I present to you plumerias from Fairbanks, Alaska.
June 4, 2012, flowering in Fairbanks, Alaska
June 4, 2012, developing buds in Fairbanks, Alaska
Page 77....Fertilizing Your Plumerias
Giving your plumerias the proper nutrition is of utmost importance.
Just like humans plumerias need proper nutrition for best development and maintenance.
Fertilizers, organic and chemical, are available in granular and liquid form.
Plumerias need the following basic elements on their "menu"..........
This plumeria plant care book teaches you step-by-step....
- What to look for when purchasing plumerias as cuttings and/or plants.
- What is the best potting mix when planting plumeria cuttings.
- How to apply the Egg Method CORRECTLY to your plumeria cuttings to cut the rooting time significantly.
- What tools you need ready when you plant your new cuttings.
- What is the best potting mix for plumeria seeds.
- How to plant the seeds to expect a high germination rate.
- How to grow seedlings after you successfully germinated plumeria seeds.
- How to grow and flower plumeria plants during a January blizzard.
- Which fertilizer to use for BEST stem growth, budding, and flowering of your plumeria plant.
- What is the importance of seaweed and HOW to use it to achieve the best growth and most vibrant flowers.
- What foliar feeding is....and why it is so important.
- What to add to your foliar feeding solution to greatly enhance the growth of your plants.
- How to prune plumerias.
- What flowering plants make great companion plants to enhance the beauty of your plumerias.
- Why do the flowers look different in different weather conditions.
- Organic insect and disease control.
- Which are the best grow lights to use for tropical flowers and flowering plants, including plumeria plants.
- Popular cultivars separated by dominant colors.
- Who are reputable retailers when purchasing cuttings and/or plants.
- Meaning of the flowers in different cultures.
- Legendary uses of plumeria plants.
- Different names of plumerias in different countries.
- Medicinal studies with plumerias.
- The members of the Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae family.
- And much more....
Page 87 - Starting Plumerias From Seeds
Before planting your seeds you may put each seed between two of your fingers. If it feels plump and firm, plant it. Get rid of any flat and shriveled ones.
When choosing a container make sure it is about 4 to 5 inches deep and has plenty of drainage holes for good drainage as pictured to the right....
I have been growing plumerias in Central Connecticut (zone 6) for 20 years. I have rooted scores of cuttings. Recently, though, I lost 2 of the 4 Scott Pratt, and the remaining two hadn't done anything for two months. I then tried the egg method >>> big fat white roots in what seemed like no time! Thanks for spreading the knowledge of the egg method around.
James....................Connecticut (zone 6)
The following picture shows one cutting of 'Celadine' planted on March 19, 2011.
Each of the three branches developed one inflorescence during the rooting process.
On June 2, 2011 the first flower opened.
Now it is possible, thanks to the Egg Method, which is included with step-by-step instructions in this book, to have inflorescence(s) and roots develop at the same time without sacrificing either one.
I just looked through my recently purchased copy of your plumeria book. It appears to be the best book I have ever seen on plumerias, covering far more information and providing in-depth details and explanations throughout the entire book.
The following picture is of one cutting of 'Mimi's Home Pride' which, according to the owner of the mother tree, is extremely difficult to root and may take six to nine months to root, even on Hawaii.
The first flowers opened on June 12, 2011. It took less than three months from planting the cutting to open its first flowers.
'I found your how to grow plumeria book to be very informative. As a gardener, it is easy reading that once I began reading it, I finished it in one sitting.
For frangipani lovers it is instructional and tells you all you need to know about growing these tropical flowers.
Bob Walsh guides you step by step in the preparation, care, and necessary maintenance to bring this beauties into bloom. And, it is written in such a way, that all your questions are answered along the way.
The history and many pictures that are included in the book bring these flowers to life as you read the book.
If you're a gardener, like myself, or interested in tropical plants specifically - this is an excellent choice and a must read.
Just read your E-book. I love ii! Lots of great Information! Great Book!
I'm really enjoying it and will use all the great information on my new plumies this spring when they arrive.
Looking forward to growing my own beauties!
- Bonus Gift #1 - Recording forms for plumerias started from seeds
- Bonus Gift #2 - Recording forms for plumerias started from cuttings
- Bonus Gift #3 - Recording forms for rooted plumerias.
- Bonus Gift #4 - Recording forms for the description of your plumerias.
- NOTE - These recording forms can be used for ALL your plants.
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