Frangipani Care

Frangipani, also called plumeria, is a small tropical tree that grows well in warmer regions such as Florida and Texas. The pinwheel-shaped flowers appear in early spring and remain in bloom until late fall. Frangipani flowers are often used to make Hawaiian leis. With proper care, plumeria will grow into a healthy, blooming plant.

  1. Garden or Container

    • In southern regions, plant frangipani outdoors in a garden or in a container. In regions with harsh winters, plant it in a container that can be moved indoors during the fall to protect the plant from cold winter temperatures which will kill the plant. Both containers and garden spaces must have soil with good drainage.

    Water and Fertilizer

    • Water the container plant when the soil is slightly dry. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. In a garden, frangipani plants need at least 1 inch of water per week. During dry periods, water the plant to keep the soil moist. Use a 10-30-10 nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium fertilizer every three months. Follow the directions on the package for a potted plant. Garden plants need 1 lb. of fertilizer per every inch per diameter of the trunk. Water the soil thoroughly after adding fertilizer to prevent the roots from burning.

    Light and Wind

    • Plant garden frangipani plants in s sunny location where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun each day. Container plants need a sunny location, but some late afternoon shade is preferable to protect the plant from the hot southern sun. Keep the plants protected from high winds. The plant can only tolerate light to moderate winds.


    • During winter, just after the plant begins dropping leaves, prune the dead branches from the plant back to the first healthy branch. Do not do any pruning that isn't necessary, or you will lose buds and reduce flowering during the growing season. Plants will drop leaves when night temperatures drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This doesn't mean the branch is dead.

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