Plumerias are the first choice of many when making a flower garden. They are beautiful, elegant and have a heavenly aroma. Now, many would like to grow them inside of their home. Definitely for that soothing smell and also to bring some organicness to their home interior. But, can plumeria be grown indoors?
Even though frangipani plants like plumerias are native to warm regions only, it’s possible to grow them indoors. But, they will need special care, and you must provide them the correct environment for that to happen.
Growing plumerias indoors can be quite challenging. But with the proper knowledge you can do it. So, let’s have a look at the various responsibilities that are associated with growing plumerias indoors.
How to Plant Plumeria Plants Indoors: Step by Step
Normally, plumeria plants thrive the most in tropical conditions. They don’t do that well in cold regions and hatchlings will often die before blooming in such conditions.
So, if you are thinking of growing plumerias, there are three specific things that you should keep in your mind. They are – temperature, exposure to sunlight, and proper nutrition. If you manage to keep a strict eye on these matters, you can grow plumerias indoors.
Now, there is a sure-fire way you can go down this road. Firstly, you can plant the plumerias in a pot and keep them inside. Then, if you have a greenhouse at the back of your house, you can move them there as well. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plant plumeria plants indoors by using a container.
Step 1: Gather the Plumeria Cuttings
The best way to grow a new plumeria plant is to just use a fresh cutting from another plumeria plant. The cutting itself will slowly grow into a full plant under the right environmental conditions.
Make sure it’s a fresh and healthy stem or branch before gathering a plumeria cutting. Check for any pests and symptoms of diseases beforehand. Once you’re confirmed, take a small section of five-six inches and leave it at the side to plant in the new container.
Step 2: Prepare the Container
Take a small container at first which is just a wee bit bigger than the original cutting itself. Note that, you’ll ultimately need to change into a bigger container as your plumeria plant continues growing.
Take the soil mixture of peat and perlite and put them inside the container. Push the mixture down so that there’s no empty air pocket or spaces inside.
Step 3: Plant the Cutting
After you have prepared the container, it’s time to plant in the fresh plumeria cutting from before. Take the section and push it in at least 3-4 inches into the mixture.
Make sure to pat down around the edges so that the cutting isn’t loose on any side. That’s of utmost importance. Once the cutting has been planted, pour ample water in the container and leave it in a place that gets proper sunlight.
Step 4: Move the Hatchlings to A Bigger Pot
As mentioned just a while ago, you cannot grow a fully adult plumeria plant in that small container you planted the cutting in. Every once in a while, you need to keep repotting them and give them a bigger space to grow in.
Again, plumerias grow better in the ground as they have more space to work with that way. So, once the cutting has evolved into a small plant, you can move it to the garden area (or, greenhouse area) if you’d like to.
This, however, isn’t something you absolutely have to do. The plants will do just fine in a pot/container as long as they are big enough and the soil has enough nutrients.
That being said, it’s highly recommended by the professionals that you keep the plant to free soil (as in, outside) during the warmer seasons. Exposure to a bit of a tropical touch will greatly enhance their growth spurt and help them to blossom faster.
How to Care for Indoor Plumeria Plants?
Now that you know how to plant plumeria plants indoors, it’s important to make sure they continue to thrive under your care. Here’s what you need to know to care for indoor plumeria plants.
- Choose the Right Container
Make sure to start with a small container for your plumeria cutting and then slowly move on to bigger containers. And as for the construction, pick something that’s both sturdy and stable.
Oh, it should have lots of drainage holes as well to ensure proper hydration. That’s a must. Remember to track the growth of your plumeria and choose a container that’s the same gallon as the trunk size.
That way, the roots of the plumeria will always have enough space to grow out. Once the roots start to outgrow their current pot, repot them to the next available size to ensure better growth.
- Get the Right Type of Soil
Plumerias don’t do well at all in soils that trap water. If you use such a soil mixture, the roots of your plumeria will get damaged and then inevitably die.
So, it’s best to use a mixture of light and porous soil types for your plumeria plants. Again, all experienced flower connoisseurs use a special concoction of their own in such matters.
You can find such an experienced florist near you and ask them for advice on soil mixture. A simple cactus soil mixture or a mixture of peats and perlites will do the trick as well.
- Arrange for Ample Sunlight
Since plumeria is native to tropical islands like Hawaii, it’s needless to say that they need lots of sunlight to survive. Even though you can substitute the sunlight with an artificial source of heat, it’s still better to just keep them out in the sun for a while.
So, try to feed them sunlight (especially the morning sun) for at least five to six hours a day. However, don’t keep the newborn plants in super scorching sunlight as the direct heat will cause the baby leaves to curl up and die.
- Ensure Proper Moisture
Like the sun, water is of utmost importance as well when it comes to caring for an indoor plumeria plant. Just make sure to not overwater them under any circumstances i.e. don’t do anything that’ll dampen their roots.
Plumeria plants require consistent moisture for sustainable development. You can keep a humidifier by your plumeria pots to ensure proper moisture at all times. You can mist over the plant as long as you avoid the blooming parts.
- Ensure Proper Temperature
If you live in a 24/7 cold region where there’s no ample sunlight, you have to arrange for artificial methods of providing heat to your plumerias. You can either use grow lights or fluorescent lights for this purpose.
Whatever method you go for, make sure that it’s consistent. And don’t overheat the room. Keep the temperature in and around 65 to 80 degrees for proper plumeria growth.
- Check for Pests
Finally, keep an eye out for those nasty pests and diseases lest they attack your precious plumerias. Providing regular sunlight will automatically keep you safe from many such pests.
You can also spray insecticidal soap mixed water on the plant to get rid of invasive species like whiteflies, spider mites, etc. Furthermore, pruning the edges while the plant’s dormant will provide better resistance against such pests alongside a vigorous growth spurt.
So, can plumeria be grown indoors? By now, you know that the answer is yes! If you manage to take care of them properly, water them, prune them, etc. in time, you can have a lively plumeria festival right in your home.
I hope this article was informative enough to help you with your queries. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with growing a nice bunch of plumeria.