Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blooming Plumeria, Smiling JC

I posted last May about buying 3 pots of young Plumeria plants. Only 1 pot had blooms when I purchased them. The other 2 pots didn't show any sign of blooming. But early this month, I received a sweet surprise when I saw blooms appearing on my Plumeria that is now over 2 feet tall. What a delight!!! The blooms are dark red in colour, similar to the pot that bloomed earlier. The cluster of flowers is HUGE!!


Posted May 2009 the young plant that I brought home. The nursery doesn't know what colour is the bloom of this plant. I was kept waiting for over a year before I discovered what I colour the blooms it would be producing.


My tall Plumeria that is almost reaching the roof of our neighbour's driveway.



Taken from my bedroom's window, what a huge cluster of blooms!! I am so proud of it!
They look gorgeous! The blooms have been around for over 3 weeks and they are still fresh.


The photo below shows the pot of Plumeria that was blooming when I bought it last May. The blooms are quite similar in colour except that this one has a tinge of yellow on its petals.

For your info, the growth on my Plumeria has been rather slow. The trunk of the plant kept shooting taller and taller. There are only 3 branches on this plant with very minimal leaves at the end of each branch. I was in despair of what to do. Feeding it with goat fertilizer didn't seem to show any improvement. So, while spraying my Lantana and Adenium with liquid flowering fertilizer (the fertilizer comes in sandy, crystal form and need to be diluted in water before being sprayed onto plants), I also sprayed some onto the Plumeria leaves. Lo and behold....after a month, blooms were showing!!! For those who have not been able to get your Plumeria plants to bloom, do try this. You can get this kind of fertilizer in any nursery or hardware shop. My fertilizer is red in colour. Hope it works for you!

20 comments:

milka said...

Plumeria (Frangipani) is always my favourite! Yours is growing vertically while mine (i have 3 infont of the gate) are growing horizontally, lol. Beautiful blooms you have.

p3chandan said...

Wow! JC, that are lovely red blooms! I hope I can exchange with One who also has the red one like yours with mine, white/pink..or else I have to look for one in Sg Buloh!

One said...

Hi! I have the same plant. Yours look really healthy and big.

Green thumb said...

Lovely! I too have a plumeria plant and over a span of 4 years it has grown up significantly big, dwarfing other plants in comparison.

Jeremy said...

What is the name of the tiny little yellow daisy like flower in the first picture?

Malar said...

So pretty and huge bloom! It can stay for more than 3 weeks? amazing!

Wendy said...

wow, your plumeria is gorgeous.

I got some little sticks at the flower show last year but brought it outside and forgot about them. I really wanted them to bloom - I will try them again with the fertilizer this time and will make myself remember to water them!

AaronVFT said...

Love the vibrant red blooms, but it will grow into a tree eventually and I'll have nowhere to place it.

Stephanie said...

I remember you plumeria JC! That's when you told me about a nursery.

Glad the plant is blooming wonderfully for you now. Red is apt for Christmas :-D

kitchen flavours said...

Perfect lovely blooms for the festive Christmas! Glad that if has decided to bloom and perfect timing too!

J.C. said...

Wow, I am surprised to have 10 comments over a day! It has been a long while since I post. Thanks everyone for your warm welcome. It's raining and the weather is cool here but I feel warmed just reading all your comments.

I am so glad that I didn't give up on this Plumeria. I plan to take another pot back from my old place. Gotta find a place to fit it in..as Aaron said it will grow into a tree and that's were problem of space comes into the picture.

Wishing all of you Merry Christmas. I wish everyday is Christmas. There's so much of joy in everyone. Something about Christmas time that bring so much joy to everyone. I wish Christmas never go away ~ there are lyrics from Bryan Adams Christmas song, but it's exactly how I feel about Christmas!! Thanks for the friendship, my dear fellow blogging gardeners. It's been a great year for me knowing all of you through our mutual gardening interest.

J.C. said...

Hi Jeremy, sorry I do not know the name of the yellow blooming plant. But I like this plant very mush as the flowers are so bright and it cheers me up just by looking at them. Unfortunately they didn't survive the mealy bugs attack and died on me real soon after I bought them. :o(

Tanya Boracay said...

Hi J.C.

how lovely to see your plant. This flower make you smile everyday.

Just like to share with you a beautiful quote...

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life" - Albert Camus

You can get more happiness quotes at http://www.quotelandia.com/category/Happiness

Autumn Belle said...

You have done a wonderful job with your garden this year. Thank you very much for sharing your new findings and experience. I have enjoyed reading your blog and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Wow! What a lovely romantic plumeria blooms you have. Perfect for this festive season and this coming Chinese year which is not far away either.

islandgal246 said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2011. Take care.

fer said...

Great too see your plumeria blooming! it looks very healthy and nice.

Hope you have a very happy new year!

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh wow! Beautiful colour! I have 2 yellow ones in my balcony and would so love other colours! :) BTW, I love those little yellow flowers beside.. they look like little sunshines!

Blur Ting said...

So gorgeous!

Natti said...

Hi J.C.
Hope you are doing well. Wonderful plumerias. Now to figure out how to keep it short.

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