Growing Frangipani

TheJacDanandJetShow(QLD Australia)February 3, 2003

Could anyone tell me the correct way of striking a frangipani tree from a cutting. I would also like to know if you can grow a frangipani tree from brisbane climate in Melbourne. I am interested in the yellow and white variety as well as the pink and white variety. Thanks, Jac

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Debyork(Nth. Qld)

Take whatever size cutting you like(you can take small tree like cuttings if you want) leave them to dry out for a week or so then pop them in either a pot or directly where you want it to grow, they strike really easily, can't help you with the Melbourne bit though I should think you can as the Americans grow them in pots even in the coldest areas and just take them indoors in winter.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2003 at 4:46AM
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Doona(NSW Australia)

I discovered that you can do the same with a rubber tree. I had one in a pot (of course!) and it was getting too big so my husband took it out and just left it without anything, but we cut all the branches off and after a few days or even a week, put them in potting mix. They're now growing new leaves. We didn't get round to throwing out the parent tree so I cut back the roots a bit and re-potted it, because it was still trying to grow new leaves. I felt sorry for it. It had been out of soil for a few weeks, and in this heat!, and was still alive, so I couldn't bare to kill it. Anyway, now it's nice and healthy and is a smaller, more suitable tree. I'll try and sell the cuttings. They make nice house plants.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2003 at 6:01AM
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I took a large Frangipani cutting last year after reading that you leave it on concrete for two weeks then plant it. I was sceptical - left mine for a four weeks then just stuck it in the ground right beside a palm (which is to be removed).
It grew and flowered this year - wish I'd taken a bigger cutting! I am in Brisbane by the way - don't know about Melbourne, sorry.
I belive they are slow growing. I've read about the Americans using them as house plants too. Nice idea really.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2003 at 9:37AM
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Doona(NSW Australia)

Here on the south coast NSW they grow well, but very slowly. I have stuck fresh cuttings straight into sandy soil and they lived. The last few I struck were done the way everyone says, and so far they are going well. They don't like getting too wet. Be patient too. They can take ages to sprout leaves.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2003 at 6:03AM
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The 'silliest' success I have had with striking a cutting of Frangipani was a length, from a very old tree, about 8 feet high. I had one point in the garden where I could lean this piece, out of the way, while I decided what to do with such a large 'cutting'.

I forgot about it. Next I time I thought about it was when it was in full leaf - with flowers. It was never watered, never fertilised. I did not even plant it - simply leaned it against the fence. We live near the coast and have pure sand - so I guess that means, in the right climate, they are near unkillable.


    Bookmark   February 12, 2003 at 7:13AM
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They also strike readily in water.


    Bookmark   February 16, 2003 at 6:20PM
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Yes Jac,I have a Brisbane Frangipanni grown from a cutting, flowering on my sun deck at the moment.
A week ago we had an early frost cold enough to cut pumpkin and tomato but did't hurt the frangipanni...I bring it into the sun room...June-July-August..leave it out all the rest unless BOM forecasts very-very cold weather.AND ..don't water at all during Winter.

Cheers Daz

    Bookmark   February 18, 2003 at 6:15AM
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Stephy(NSW Australia)

Could anyone tell me what is the best part of the frangipani tree to take a cutting from??? and then how do u prepare the cutting to repot for it to grow??

    Bookmark   March 23, 2003 at 4:36AM
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Just chop off a piece from the end of a branch - big or small - it needs to dry out before planting.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2003 at 7:02AM
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TonyfromOz(z10 NSW Aust)

As to whether they will grow in Melbourne, I think if you can provide a warm microclimate they should do OK, for example against a sunny wall in a courtyard. In Sydney the old yellow-eyed cream variety does wonderfully well, also some of the apricot and pale pink types, but the stronger reds and golds that are popular in Qld are more marginal - they'll survive, but often flower poorly. I understand that inner suburbs of Melbourne are almost as frost free as Sydney's coastal suburbs, but average summer temperatures are lower and you have fewer sunny days according to the climatic records. The best way of finding what will grow there is to walk around the streets, especially in older suburbs, and see what you can spot. I recall seeing a good sized avocado once in a Melbourne garden.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2003 at 8:21PM
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Stephy(NSW Australia)

could anyone tell me why you "dry" out the frangi cutting before planting it?? thanks.. stephy

    Bookmark   March 24, 2003 at 8:11PM
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TonyfromOz(z10 NSW Aust)

With lots of soft, fleshy tissue in the stems they are immediately invaded by soft rot fungi as soon as you put a freshly cut end in damp soil. If left to dry out the cut surface spontaneously forms a protective layer of scar tissue or callus. This takes a week or two, then it's ready to insert in the rooting medium. This process is the same for most cacti and succulents as well.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2003 at 3:13AM
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There have been so many frangipani questions they almost need their own forum!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2003 at 8:20AM
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ashmeri(Cent. Qld.Aust.)

That sounds like a great idea, Amelie.
\what about with pictures as well, then we could see all the beautiful colours.
I would have to share Love Lane with you all then wouldn't I?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2003 at 3:14AM
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Stephy(NSW Australia)

Ive got the bug!! im hooked on frangipanis now!!! lol
I was wondering if anyone knows where to get some exotic cuttings of frangipanis from????
thanks all....Stephy

    Bookmark   March 27, 2003 at 1:43AM
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Today I searched for "striking frangipani" on Google. This page answered all my queries. Thanks everyone and special thanks to Jac for getting the questions started.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2003 at 9:55PM
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I planted a frangipani branch back in January of this year(branch about 12 inches long) and already have leaves popping out from the top. When should I expect to see some flowering? Most of the leaves are about 1 inch in length, very shiny and quite strange looking, but I sure am glad to see them.
I also would like to know how would I go about repotting one of the branches without disrupting their root system and when do they recommend repotting? Do I dig around it and place it in another pot like I would with any other plant? Could I hurt the plant at all by doing this? I have two different frangipani stalks in one large pot one green branch and one gray, would you know what color flower it will produce by the color branch I have?
I'm so excited to see it growing and can't wait to see a flower appear. Don't know much about them yet, but I do know one thing, and that is how absolutely beautiful they were down in the Keys.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2003 at 2:21AM
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I planted my frangipani branch in the ground last year (when leafless) and it sprouted leaves and then flowered the next season, so hopefully you shouldn't have to wait too long!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2003 at 2:37AM
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ashmeri(Cent. Qld.Aust.)

You are now a member of the Frangipanni Lovers Club, beware they are addictive,
They do have very fine roots to start with so if you are thinking of moving them be careful, you will just have to wait for the colour of flower unless you know what theycome from, but that is the best thing about them, once struck they don't take long to flower,

    Bookmark   April 29, 2003 at 4:31AM
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Is anyone growing the evergreen Frangipani?
Are they slow?
What colours do the flowers come in. I've only seen the white for sale.
I was thinking about growing one in a big pot. Should this be successful?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2003 at 9:04AM
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ashmeri(Cent. Qld.Aust.)

They only come in white,I think, lovely large flowers with yellow in the centre,shiny leaves.
I have seen them in a large pot and it looked good.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2003 at 1:00AM
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Thought so. Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2003 at 9:58AM
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There is a US forum dedicated to the frangipani: the plumeria forum, which is found at Of course, you won't get the local knowledge provided by our Australian forums, but it's well worth reading if you've caught the frangipani bug.

An excellent introduction to growing these plants is found at

    Bookmark   May 30, 2003 at 11:55PM
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Aster(SE Melb)

I live in Melbourne and have seen two frangipanis in my area. Both north facing, somewhat protected from the cold winds and south westerley weather. A lady several doors down has one - we have sandy soil. It is approx 2m high and seems very healthy with flowers etc.
I have been inspired to plant my own, so in it went in the north facing courtyeard. I thought the brick paving would help with radiant heat. It has been knocked about by basketballs and hardly every gets watered and seems to be surviving (it's about 8-10 inches high).

    Bookmark   June 28, 2003 at 7:22AM
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Shelly029(Melb. AUST)

I am trying to get frangipani cuttings and it seems that people are very unwilling to part with them, even for money!

Is this addiction that strong???

    Bookmark   July 1, 2003 at 2:54AM
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How about relocating a 2 year old (grown from a cutting) 10ft Frangipani tree, is it possible and if so how should one go about it? I would imagine the root structure would be quite large.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2003 at 4:53AM
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Can an American jump into your chat? I just caught the Frangipani "bug" too. I have several cuttings that are drying so I can pot them. I have one seedling growing from seed, and 6 seeds planted (I hope they sprout)

My cuttings are from trees whose flowers are dark pink, light pink, yellow,red, white, and rainbow. Here's some links to some very good sites with pictures of various colors and/or growing instructions, also a site where they sell cuttings. (cuttings for sale from Hawaii) (lots of information) (lots of pictures showing many colors)

If you do a google search on "plumeria" you'll get lots of links to sites with information. The links above are some of my favorites.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenweb Plumeria Forum

    Bookmark   July 27, 2003 at 10:20PM
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I've recently been bitten by the Frangipanni bug myself. I've got one well established white/yellow plant as well as a pink one that I hope will soon grow some leaves :)

Just up the road from me there is a pile of branches cut from a large tree sitting on the footpath. The tree was getting out of hand and overhanging the road a bit. Could anybody tell me how long the cuttings would last before being planted. If it could work I might go and offer to remove those branches for the owner of that tree. It would be a good way to get hold of a whole bunch of frangipanni trees!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2003 at 1:45AM
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Frangipani cuttings can last for months in cooler climes--sometimes they even start sprouting flowers before people remember to plant them. In warmer climes I think they might eventually dry out completely, but I expect that those should still be OK.

So go for it: try to choose branches that feel firm to the touch, as they're less likely to rot/have started to rot. You can try planting cuttings 1m, even 2m, tall for an instant tree. I'd choose cuttings of different sizes, so you have the greatest chance of success and an interesting variety of sizes.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2003 at 3:17AM
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JennCou(NSW Aust)

I am SO glad I remembered about Garden Web. I have not posted for yonks. !!!!

My Mum and Dad both died this year and we are preparing their house for sale. They had a frangipani tree in the front yard but I did not know, until yesterday, the colour of the flowers (Mum and Dad bought the house in Aug. 2002 but only lived in it for a short time. Poor health problems for both took over !!! :( ) It is a deep red/ pink, a colour I have never seen before. I was wanting to take cuttings before the house is sold and now I know what to do.

Thank you so much !!!


    Bookmark   January 3, 2004 at 8:38AM
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Jamie_from_Perth_WA(WA Aust)

Is now an okay time to take some is so hot at the moment in Perth.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 4:17AM
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Brandons(Perth WA)

Hi Jamie Ihaven't been on this site for a long time. To answer your question...I was told the "Correct" time to take cuttings was in late autumn / early winter (during dormancy) but I took some cuttings in Feb 2004 because I needed to prune the tree at our unit. Anyway they are still (and it is late april now) sitting around the side of the house "drying' out. They all have leaves and flowers have bloomed....Really as long as they are in the shade you can tak cuttings anytime in Perth. Love to know how you get on......Gail

    Bookmark   April 28, 2004 at 10:28AM
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what is the best position for frangapani in a south australian garden. thanks.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2005 at 9:03AM
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Kath like any tropical Plant in a cooler climate I would plant it near or up against a north facing wall.And if you get frosts you will have to keep a eye on it, maybe cover with shade cloth in the real cold weather.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2005 at 7:55PM
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Carol8559(NSW Aust)

I have been given a whole heap of frangi cuttings...stalks that are about 40cm long. I was told to rip all leaves off and dry out for 2 weeks.....meanwhile dripping milky sap everywhere. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of a better way because i have access to a very large tree or is this the correct way to do things, and should i plant them right now?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2005 at 3:57AM
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That is the correct way of doing it, dry them out after two weeks then plant them, not much water as they will rot. If you are puting them into pots then dont water much at all.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2005 at 5:17PM
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BronwynL(Melbourne Austr)

I can't help you with taking cuttings, but since I'm in Melbourne successfully growing a couple of the cream/yellow variety... Both mine are against brick walls that absorb the heat.

The first one I planted is against a brick wall facing west and has done fine, though I wouldn't call it rampant. It was planted about 6(?) years ago from a nursery supplied pot, and is now about 2.5 metres tall. Flowering has depended on the heat of the summer generally: last year it managed only one measly little clump that appeared at the very end of summer, again this year I've only had one clump of flowers, just opening now. Also, it didn't get a lot of water last year because of the drought.

The one against the north facing wall was planted in December just gone and seems to be doing heaps better already. When I planted it out, there was one stem branched into two with a good root system, and one stem with no roots at all. I was feeling a bit cranky with the suppliers, but the stem has started growing leaves now so I've simmered down.

Around the corner from where I live is a lovely one - a good deal older than mine - that would be close to 3 metres tall. It too is planted against a north-facing brick wall.

Hope that helps.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 8:54PM
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I live in south florida. Just recently i've noticed these trees. Now that i'm hooked, i see them everywhere. I have some cuttings of neighbors trees. How do i do this? Do i have to cut off all of the leaves and flowers? Do they have to dry in the sun or the Shade? Do the need to lay down on the conceret or the grass, or do they have to stand up? Please help me out, i don't want to kill them!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2005 at 12:13AM
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SAP1968(WA Aust)

I bought a house in Perth last year which had two magnificent mature flowering frangipanis. This year, one has started to bud into leaf but the other is just a series of large sticks. I have been renting the house out and am anxious that the second tree is dead. Can anyone tell me if it strange that one tree should be in leaf and not the other? They are different colours if that makes any difference.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2005 at 11:51PM
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Best way to find out if it is dead is cut off a bit, if there is no white sap then it could be dead. When you say this year do you mean now or last autumn, if you are talking about now well then it may be a bit early here is brissie all my plants are just sticks, so I doubt if in Perth they would be ahead of Brissie, give them a bit of time and yes mine come out at different times, I have four different colours, sorry I cannot remember what order they flower in. Cheers...MM.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 1:02AM
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Sandra_S_Perth(WA Aust)

Could anyone please give me some advice. I have a 3metre tall frangapani tree that I would like to remove and transplant to another part of the garden. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the best method is for ensuring that it grows and takes once planted, any precautions that should be followed ? ie. depth of hole to be dug, watering requirements and need to stabilise trunk? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Sandra

    Bookmark   October 5, 2005 at 8:32AM
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goldhills(via Gympie, Qld)

We moved a frangi only about 2 weeks ago for the second time. We only moved it last year for the first time but new neighbours moved across the road and are always sitting out front looking straight into our place, so we needed a quick temporary screen until other plants fill up the gap, hopefully this season. It is the only house that can see into our place as trees screen all the others.

They are easy to move. Just dig it out, leave 30 to 50 cm of dirt around the trunk, though the more the better but makes it heavier, and move it to your new hole. Water it in well and water only when dry, don't overwater.

It will probably require staking for up to 12 mths. Use 3 stakes and take your twine (or whatever) from 1 stake to the one next to it but go around the trunk. Continue with the other stakes, going around the trunk each time. Don't tie directly to the trunk. Hard to explain but the trunk should be in the middle of something like a spiderweb. This will allow the tree to move slightly but stop it blowing over.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2005 at 12:14AM
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maryinsydney(Sydney Aust)

I have had to cut a large branch off my old frangipani. The branch is about 10cm in diameter, does anyone know would it work as a cutting and what's the best method for such a large piece?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2005 at 1:11AM
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Angelnet(QLD Aust)

Please HELP!!!
I NEED to prune a branch from my Frangipani and intend to transplant it to another part of my yard.
I know that I must let the pruned branch dry out before replanting and striking it, BUT I need to know the following:
a. What do I need to do the the main Trunk to stop it from "Bleeding" at the site of the "Amputation"?,
b. Is there anything I need to apply to stop infection or Rot getting into the "Amputation" site?
c. Does it matter how big a branch we transplant? How about 1.5 Metres with 2 additional Branches on it?

This tree is a "Fruit Salad" variety because the flower colours are different shades of Pink, to Orange, to Yellow , with some White ones as well. Gorgeous. Another of our trees is Pink while the main tree is the traditional White with Yellow heart. It all makes for a very pretty garden at this time of year.

We live at Beachmere, just North of Brisbane, Queensland some 250 metres inland from the beach on Deception Bay and on the ancient Sand Spit at the Mouth of the Caboolture River. Not exactly "perfect" growing conditions. We have been here just over 7 years now and the trees, although not exactly giants, are growing well - despite the local louts jumping our fence and breaking off branches when we first moved in and planted the "baby" trees.

ALL assistance greatly appreciated and will be received with THANKS.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 5:46AM
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I never do anything BUT when you cut that branch off just make sure that the cut is on a slant so that any rain runs off and not into the trunk. I had a friend that used to put mud on it, but I dont know if thats a good idea, because I feel that the cut on the trunk also needs to dry out.

Do not worry about the size, it does not matter big or small will be ok...Cheers...MM

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 5:52AM
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hannah_821(young nsw aust)

i was wondering if you could grow a frangipany tree in young. it is in the south west slopes and is a pretty warm area. i love frangipanys and have caught the bug. oh and where could i get them from?

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 2:40AM
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Hello all... Yes, I've just been bitten by the Frangipani bug too :P Basically coz my GF bit me :P
Nonetheless... I wanted to do something special for her this year... Since she lives in a unit without a garden, only 2 very sunny balconies facing a main road, I was wondering what kind of pot (ceramic, plastic etc etc) would be most suitable for that kind of plantation? And what's the smallest size of a cutting that I could obtain to start the striking?

Cheers ^^

    Bookmark   January 9, 2006 at 3:58AM
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Have read with immense interest how to grow frangipanis, so far sadly have not been very successful. After the two week dry-out period in what kind of soil (in a pot) would I plant the dried cuttings and how often would I water them to start out, totally soak them through or just dampen the soil a bit?
Thank you

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 4:13PM
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goldhills(via Gympie, Qld)

Frangialex, nearly any size cuttings will grow from about 15cms up to a couple of metres.

Brigitte, use a free draining mix and water to settle in then allow to dry out before watering again. Frangis don't like to be kept wet. Less in winter when deciduous.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 11:33PM
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Frangialex..... Any pot will do, though dont you think the ceramic ones look better.

Hi Brigitte...You may have better luck if you put a post on the US Plumeria Site, as you will have to overwinter yours so have a look at the link below. And do as GH suggested but remember they are a Tropical Plant.

Have a look at this site also Plumeria 101 a great website to learn all about Plumeria (Frangipani)

Here is a link that might be useful: Plumeria

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 11:49PM
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azzansw(NSW Aust sydney)

Hi there, I have taken cuttings from serveral frangipanis all of which have taken root. One was a lovely pink and was so delightful I decided to bring it inside for some colour. It sat on a very bright windowsill flowering happily. It received the same amount of water as its friends on the other side of the fly screen, but then it started to get small white dots on the middle of the leaves which then spread to the rest of the leaf. Is this a disease or pest? Does somebody know it and if so how does one fix it? Or is it just because it was inside? Any help or ideas you can provide would be greatly appreciated as it is a beautiful plant and it would be a shame to lose it. Thank you very much for your time and I eagerly look forward to hearing from you. Cheers Aaron.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 3:30AM
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HI Aaron....I would put it outside it is not a indoor plant that may be why you are having the problems, also do not water it very much, could be mealybugs indoor plants seem to get them from not much air movement I realise that yours is on a windowsill but is the window open.

Do have a look at the link below it should help......Cheers..MM.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plumeria Problems

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 11:25PM
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Six years ago I planted a 6" frangipani cutting into a pot.I am in Auckland NZ which I think has a similar climate to Melbourne.I keep my plant inside all winter then out onto the deck during the summer but am very watchful of the weather.My plant flowered the 1st year and finally has buds on it again now,I'd almost given up hope of seeing flowers again.I now have a metre high stick with leaves out of the top and was wondering if theres any way of producing branches?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 2:03AM
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Hi I have put Plenty of links up above,
Tons of Info click on and have a read....MM.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 4:53AM
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Hello all!

Ive been a frangipani fan from way back, but am a newbie to gardening and I have taken a cutting from my mothers tree and dried it for a week and a bit and plan to try and strike it in a pot... the cutting i have has leaves all on the end of it.. should i prune these off? I have "pot and peat" soil at home which i was going to use to plant it in.. do you think i should use any extra fertilizer? and should i water it when i first plant it??

sorry if i sound silly... i'm a gardening virgin!!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 12:55AM
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Hi! I'm new to cutting. Is the stem of the Frangipani soft or hard? Do I just use a pair of scissors or is there a specific tool? Also, can the branch have leaves or should it be leafless? Thanks all!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 12:01AM
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Gee wiz i had to scroll forever to get to the bottom of this page. I have the bug to but i brought all mine. Ihave them all over my backyard. I was also told they were easy to take cuttings from but when i tried i didnt know i had to let them dry out first so they didny take off. I have got clay soil and they seem to grow just fine in my backyard.
Now that i know about drying them im off to take some more cuttings

    Bookmark   March 29, 2006 at 12:57AM
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Hi there, I have recently moved house and have inherited a mature (2.5m) Frangipani tree with possible "stem rot".
The plant was moved 1.5 years ago by the previous owners.
The top 15cm of growth is fine then growth is "spongy" for approx 10cm and then below this the growth is fine again.
Now I have recently transplanted the same tree again!
I do not know if I should prune off the "spongy" bits (is this stem rot from the previous move?). The plant is now dormant with a few very small leaves left at the tips.
Should I prune it back to below the "spongy" areas? If so, can I prune it now in winter?
Any information is appreciated, thanks!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2006 at 10:26AM
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I have a frangipani branch that has broken off and the end has dried. Should I make a clean cut and let it dry again or pot it as is?
Thanks for any help, AC

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 8:41PM
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AC, the rule of thumb is to cut the end off neatly and then let it dry to avoid root rot. But, as yours has already dried off, I think it should be OK to plant as is. Just remember to keep it very dry until the growing season starts (ie the days and nights get warm).

Zebidee, I would prune off the spongy bits because they have rotted and will spread thru the plant unless removed. Then let the stems dry off good and proper before potting up.

Suede, the stem shouldn't be soft or sponge-like, as this means it's rotting. Any such soft bits should be pruned off. (Then let the stem dry out before potting.) Absence or presence of leaves doesn't matter (I think, but refer to the links mentioned below).

Check out the links in mistymorn's message dated 17 Jan 06 for a storehouse of info on growing frangipanis.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2006 at 8:39PM
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I have just bought a Frangipani Obtusa and would like to know how tall it grows in comparison to the common Frangipani

    Bookmark   January 27, 2007 at 4:18AM
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hannah_821(young nsw aust)

i got a cutting from a fangipani last year, let it dry out but it never grew. so this year i got another cutting on holidays and just shoved it in a pot with some soil. it has been growing ever since. that was in january. i ignored the experts and i worked!!!!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 6:06AM
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I've seen a couple of beautiful, heavily flowering yellow and white frangipanis growing in Melbourne, one in Richmond.

I'm going to try a cutting, as I'd love to have one in my garden.

If in a pot, remember you can then move it around to catch the sun, especially in winter.

They have them for sale in medium sized pots at Bunnings for about $15 (cheaper to DIY!).


    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 2:57AM
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hi guys,
i love frangipani's but i would like to know what colour varietys there are, as i really would like to get one of each. :) if you can help me please post it on this forum, as i don't check for emails, i just use the address to register for this sort of thing. thanks
xoxo ashalee

    Bookmark   April 13, 2007 at 7:39PM
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There are so many different colored Frangipani's to list. If you go on line you can find and buy different colors and frangrances. I use to have a few websites that sold them and at decent prices. Stokes Tropical and Maui Plumeria Gardens are some sites (which I got off of Dave's Garden forum). I live in Ocala Florida and have been growing mine for a few years. Just before winter a pod appeared and I certa knew what it was, but wasn't sure. A few days ago, part of it opened up exposing seeds. YEA... If anyone has any advice on planting them, it would be appreciated.... Im also thinking about planting my tree in the ground near my house and keeping it small. And during the winters covering it up. I use to live in Miami and they grow huge down there. In the winters they still loose there flowers and leaves, and look like a big stick. But in the spring and summer look amazing.... Sorry to carry on. Im really getting into my yard this year. Every year I get into a new plant or flower. This year my choice is Lilies. Ok, again sorry about writing on and on. Jennie

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 8:03AM
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The Plumeria 101 site will give you all the info needed for growing these plants from seed (several earlier messages in this posting contain the URL link).

    Bookmark   May 12, 2007 at 6:03PM
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We have just planted a 2metre frangipani cutting straight into ground. Because it was dry (not leaking any sap) we did not leave it to dry out before planting. Was this a big mistake?

Also, it is in a garden that has a drip irrigation system that operates twice a week. It is not much water but will it be too much for a new cutting during winter?

Many thanks

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 6:09AM
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Planting the cutting straight into the ground when it didn't leak any sap should be OK. You'll have to decide whether the spot you've chosen is satisfactory (enough warmth and sun through winter)--a look at how other people in your area are growing frangipanis should answer that question. Sydney generally should be OK, unless you live in a frost-prone area or have planted it in a shaded or wet spot.

The irrigation system could be problematic, though, as twice-weekly watering of even a rooted frangipani during winter (even a Sydney winter) could lead to root rot; doing so for an unrooted cutting could easily kill it. So I think you might need to replant it elsewhere, or turn off the drippers near the frangipani.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 8:18PM
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Hi everyone
I'm new with this plant, got hooked and want to buy some plants with different colours(from ebay) , prefer strong colour eg. red, dark pink, gold, etc. I live in Sydney.
Could you please give me some advices, can frangipani with those colour survive in my place?
Looking forward to your advice

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 7:48AM
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Ardy, check out the links in the previous postings. As a general rule, the fancy coloured ones seem to be more frost-sensitive than the common yellow-and-white one. However, if you can give them a warm spot protected from any frost (and possibly cold winds), you should have a good chance of growing the fancy ones too. If in doubt, grow them in pots against a warm (say) brick wall for radiated heat.

I guess where you live in Sydney will determine how cold your winters are and the particular microclimate/s in your garden. You should take a walk around your neighbourhood and see if others are growing frangipanis, and in what position the plants are being grown. When living in Melb, I grew mine in large pots, but those close to the ocean or in inner suburbs with a lot of radiated heat could grow them in the ground (although these were often grown under the protection of eaves). My advice is to start off with one, nurture it through an entire year and then, if it survives, go wild and buy all the colours your heart desires and your wallet can afford!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2007 at 9:25PM
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Hi Cestrum thank you
I thought nobody read this topic anymore(too old?).
Yes as your advice I looked around my place they are all light colour most of them white or very light pink colour, so I doubt if the strong colour one could grow well(I have read the comment above). Some of the plants still with leaves(light pink colour)and flowers at this time.And I have surveyed all nurseries and they don't have any those colour, and surprised me the frangipani with 1 meter tall it will cost you $300!!! Why not just get a big cutting rather than buy it? Anyway as your suggestion I bought some cuttings with strong colour and see what will happen, wish me luck.Thank you

    Bookmark   July 28, 2007 at 5:56AM
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Sometimes the colours available are simply a reflection of the limited range grown by the wholesale nurseries rather than what will actually grown in a given area. $300 is a ridiculous price. (Frangipanis grow quickly in warm weather, although they go dormant in the cold--another reason that makes that price tag ridiculous.) Good luck with your cuttings--at least some of them should survive.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 3:07AM
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hi guys,
ihave planted two frangipani's in a large pot, right in the centre next to each other. one is red, and the other is a nice orangey colour. if anyone knows, do you think this will work, or should i take them oout, and plant them seperatley?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 3:49AM
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Yes take them out and plant separately as they grow big as in very large shrub/ small tree size.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 7:44PM
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thanks. i might leave them though, just to see if it works, and if they start looking unhealthy, ou whatnot, then i'll seperate them.
but thanks for your info

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 5:24AM
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I just caught the frangipani bug myself and got myself a 1 m cutting. Thanks to this forum here I know exactly what to do with it, however, when I was looking around, I noticed something funny... My neighbour has a huge and bushy tree, it has not yet got leaves or even proper buds, yet he had snipped the tips off almost every branch, just about 1 cm. What's all that about? I tried to search the web about snipping frangipanis but couldn't find anything. Is that something that is done to make the tree grow bushier; will the tree sprout new branches out of the snipped tips rather than leaves and flowers? Just curious...

Oh, I'm pretty sure it's the standard yellow and white frangipani he has, if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance for enlightening me on this mystery!:-)

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 10:20AM
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I have recently planted a 2 metre frangipani I rescued from the neighbours rubbish, it's started sprouting leaves at the top , however the rest of the trunk is bare which looks rather ungainly (the branches look like they have been snapped off at some point)Are new branches likely to grow along the trunk eventually? Or would it be better to simply cut it in half and replant the top piece?


    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 6:56AM
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I think it's unlikely to sprout branches along the lower length of the trunk. Is that a problem? I have many small frangipanis in pots that I would dearly love to assume the shape of a standard (tall branchless trunk with a spreading canopy at the top). Your plant will probably look quite lovely when the canopy has had a chance to spread and balance the tree.

But, if you dislike it, you can certainly cut it to the desired height and replant the top. If you have the space, you could leave the rooted (bottom, canopy-less) portion in the ground in the hope that--with the canopy removed--it might sprout some new growth from the trunk.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 6:23PM
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hi guys,
i know that i completley disregarded your advice when i asked about my frangipanis in the pot, but i have to say i am glad i did.....
why? you may ask. this is because they are aboiut to start flowering, and look really good. one of them has a red flower, and the other an orange!
the pot they are in is huge too, so they have pleanty og room to grow.....

thanks for sharing your knoweledge with all who view this site!!!
and i was wondering if it is possible to get a blue frangipani?????
if any one knows about this, or about any other unusual coloured frangipanis, please post it, so that i can get my info!!!

thanks guys xx

    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 4:23AM
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Are they dwarf evergreens that only grow to 120cms. Oh know you said they were red and orange so they are just the common ones. Wait till they grow bigger I have some 3mts tall like small trees you may have to get bigger pots or perhaps plant them in the garden later, or keep pruning.

There are plenty of Plumeria websites on the www why don't YOU do a search for colours.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2008 at 10:22AM
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Hi all,

I think I was born with the bug. I wanted to know a couple of things about growing frangipanis from cuttings.

What time of year is best to plant cuttings? I'm in Adelaide in the middle of hot summer.

Should I strip the leaves off the cutting prior to drying out or prior to planting?

Thanks all, very useful forum.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 1:48AM
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Ashalee, have a look at sacredgardenfrangipanis. They have loads - I couldn't believe it, there's a stunning lilac one, though incredibly expensive and very rare! You can always check out ebay - I've never seen blue ones on there, but have bought a number of cuttings from Nth QLD and they work great.

Adelaidean, wouldn't hurt you to read the Plumeria 101 site which answers quite a few of the base questions. Warm is always best for striking frangipanis, hot summer is fine, humidity is even better. Don't strip the leaves off though. It's just to dry out the end so that it doesn't rot when planted in the soil.


    Bookmark   January 7, 2008 at 1:39AM
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The craze must have died down, as no one has written in here for a while?

Thank you for all this priceless information. Sad that I dont know anyone who has a tree in their yard. So I'll have to buy one.

I grew up around Frangipani trees and never took notice of them. We moved to Australia and soon I started to miss their unique scent and vibrant colours.

Now I know where to start and how to go about growing Frangipani trees. Thank you all.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2009 at 2:59AM
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I live in Bangkok, Thailand and have several frangipanis in pots on my balconies though 2 have died (rotted). From reading this column I reckon I over-watered them. How often should they be watered? Is there a rule of thumb?
The survivors have grown "leggy", have few flowers, and there are few, rather yellowy, leaves on them. New leaves seem to struggle to grow and the small red shoots often shrivel up and drop off before they properly emerge at the end of the trunks.
I definitely need to prune them back to their original, more compact, shape but we do not really have winter here so when should I do it?
Also, should I feed them any fertiliser?
Any tips and advice would be very welcome as I really love these plants.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 10:03PM
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I have a frangipani growing in a pot and I live right on Jervis Bay on the Sth coast. Its about to experience its second winter. The plant is doing really well, with lots of healthy leaves and a strong stem. I've been feeding it with small amounts of blood and bone and sulphate of potash (like the rest of my garden) and it seems quite happy with that. My question: I've yet to see a flower! Not even a hint! Also, from the trunk I have two branches. It doesnt seem at all inclined to branch out any more and looks much like a slingshot with lots of leaves on the ends :)This plant is quite perverse as it keeps its leaves all winter long and drops them briefly just before spring.

Do I just have a stubborn and unique plant or am I doing something wrong lol?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 6:47AM
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I live in Craigieburne Victoria and I love the frangipani flowers and would like to plant a few in our garden and was wondering whether it will survive or not. I was thinking of planting it in an area 3x3 metres and this area is protected by the colour bond fence. Can someone please advice

    Bookmark   December 27, 2010 at 12:11AM
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I have recently planted frangipani cuts off into pots they started off ok now are starting to die, any ideas to how I can save them or what I may be doin wrong, I have them in the sun and water them regularly

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:13AM
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Hi all,

I live in the northwest 'burbs of melbourne and wanted to know if anyone has had success in striking a frangipani and then having it grow to tree height....say 3 metres??I haven't planted one yet, but am considering this tree as a low maintenance option to provide shade poolside. Also, does anyone know if they have really invasive root weeping willows do?

Thanks for your advice in advance!


    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 3:38AM
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In June this year, a friend gave me a 12 inch cutting and said pot in sandy soil in Oct. By then it felt partly soft like it was rotting, but I placed it in a new large pot with 2/3 sand and 1/3 potting mix behind a clear plastic screen facing North. Nothing happened for months and now it has over 20 leaves to 2 inches long.I water about once a week and occasionaly a little Seasol.
I live in Melbourne and the original cutting looked no better than a dry stick. It has now fattened up and I am looking forward to some flowers.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 6:29PM
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when does the frangipani flower?what time of the year and how long does it last?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 4:36AM
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hi i want to know how big do frangipani's grow normally and will they grow here in england or is it too cold for them here thnx

    Bookmark   April 16, 2011 at 10:16AM
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I live in Brisbane and i have had a frangipani for 5 years now and still not flowering it is in a pot can any1 help

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 3:13AM
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Why am I not getting flowers on my Frangi Panni's
I have 2, both in pots. One I planted from a clipping 3 years ago. I get beautiful leaves, looks Healthy, but never got any flowers. The second was given to me 4 my B day, a year ago and i was told it had flowers on it, but by the time I got it they had fallen off, nothing yet this year. What is a good fertilizer. Also repotted today in bigger pots. HELP, Love the frangi Panni, our neighbors tree is beautiful, can't wait to see my own flowers on mine. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 10:54AM
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PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP.............I have Frangipani that has 4 wonderful branches that range from 60 cm to 30 cm with really big healthy Leaves.... HOWEVER MY DILEMMA IS ... The height of the tree is only 60cm.....and growing in the ground.....with a trunk size of about 4cm...........and branch diameters of 2cm..............HOW DO I MAKE MY BEAUTIFUL FRANGIPANI GROW TALLER...??? HELP........Kindest Regards Elle

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 3:26AM
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I have just planted a frangipani bought from a nursery into a large pot placed in the surrounds of our spa area (glassed on two sides, wood screen 2 sides, no roof). After some heavy rain, the only 3 leaves it had yellowed and dropped off. Is this too much water? Would it help to take it inside for the winter? Thank you in advance.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:54AM
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sbrow156(Cairns QLD Australia)

I am part of the Plumeria forum as someone mentioned above...i recon if we all migrate over there then there will be alot more australians and we can all help each other as well as the americans...its great to see all their plants and get knowledge off them but you are right its not the same as getting good ol local advice :)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:27PM
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