I don't see why not, many people in zone 8 grow them without problem.
Plumerias need lots of bright sun in the summertime to bloom. Most (except the
evergreen varieties) go dormant in the winter. At this time, the plumeria will
lose it's foliage, can be taken out of the soil, and wrapped in burlap and
kept in a dark closet or under the bed for the winter. We used to bring ours
in with the pots, and set them in the darkest place of the garage. ( Keep in
mind our garage doesn't freeze and is attached to the house, so stays warm.)
While dormant, the Plumeria does not need to be watered at all, does not
even need soil, but needs to stay warm and dry. Come spring, the plumeria is
brought into light and watered (gradually) and eventually back outside for the
summer. So basically anyone can grow Plumeria. Lower zones will have less
of a chance of bloom due to shorter growing seasons, but zone 8 definitely
has all the requirements. Plumerias can be planted in the ground
permanently in zones 9b and higher, but anyone in lower zones can grow them provided
they are protected over the winter. Plumeria, as a rule of thumb, do not like
temps below 40. Easiest way to kill a Plumeria is to keep it cold and damp
Plumeria cuttings root easily in good soil, but are easily rotted if over
watered. If he recently got it, he can keep it until the spring, as is, in a
dark dry warm place.....just the cutting that has been hardened off at the
end. No soil, no sphagnum moss, nothing to keep it moist....because it will
rot. In Hawaii they sell the sticks that are left dormant for months and
months. Just leave it as is, and in the spring, set it in a pot of good well
draining soil, water gradually.
Hope this helps...
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 12/1/2006 11:03:40 AM Central Standard Time,
Missed the message on plumerias Noreen. What did you say?
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