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Re: Plumerias

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 
during dormancy.
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... 
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 12/1/2006 11:03:40 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Missed  the message on plumerias Noreen. What did you say?

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