Plumeria Obtusa (Bare Rooted)

Plumeria Obtusa (Bare Rooted)

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Plumeria obtusa grows as thin shrub up to 8 meters in height with a trunk to 20 cm in diameter.  The bark is whitish gray sometimes red.  The leaves are arranged alternately, oblong, to 25 cm long, 8 cm wide, and clustered at branch tips. The leaves have a rotundate leaf apex and a slightly wavy margin.  Vegetation produces a milky sap. Easily propagated from stem cuttings.


Thick, woody branches carry pointed leaves that grow up to 1 ft (30 cm). Big clusters of fragrant flowers grow like bouquets on branch tips from early summer through fall.


Frangipani flowers are each made up of 5 overlapping petals. The waxy blooms are about 2 in (5 cm) wide and are available in many shades of pink, red, yellow or white -- or any combination.


These flowers are among the most fragrant of any tropical flowering plant. Its essential oil is commonly used as fragrance for perfume, lotion, candles and other scented products. These tropical plants are a common sight in Hawaii, where the fragrant plumeria flowers are used to make flower leis.

Origin: Central America

Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m) in a container

Light: Plumeria care requires bright light to full sun. Plants that don't bloom aren't getting enough sun. Growing plumeria require at least 5 hours of direct sun each day.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist spring through fall. Water sparingly in winter, when plant is resting. Yellowing leaves are a sign of overwatering.

Humidity: Try to maintain 40-50% relative humidity. Use a cool-mist room humidifier to raise the humidity around the plant. Misting is also a good idea in summer. With plumeria care should be taken to mist the foliage, not the flowers.

Temperature: Average to warm 65-80°F/18-27°C. It will tolerate high temperatures, but if you move it outdoors for the summer, bring it back inside if the temperature drops below 55°F/13°C at night. It's tropical, not hardy.

Soil: Peat moss based potting mix. 

Fertilizer: Feed spring through fall with high-phosphorous fertilizer to promote blooming.

Propagation: Take 10 in (25 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring. Allow the cut ends to dry for 5-7 days, to prevent the sap from oozing out, before planting in potting medium.