How to grow frangipani trees

Updated April 4, 2013, 6:53 pm Yahoo!7

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Our tips on how you can grow a frangipani tree from a cutting and create a tropical paradise in your garden.

The heavenly fragrance of frangipanis makes them a wonderful tree to have in your garden. Their classic creamy-yellow flowers are one of the most popular forms, but you’ll also find varieties featuring blooms flushed with pink, apricot and red. Even though Frangipanis (Plumeria sp.) are deciduous, their flowers can be enjoyed for several months of the year, appearing from December and lasting well into April.

Frangipani cuttings


You can grow your own frangipani tree using a cutting of any size, or even a fallen branch. The ideal time to take cuttings is just as the trees are coming out of dormancy – in late winter or early spring.

Small cutting

Pick a healthy branch and saw off a piece up to 300mm long. Remove any leaves and flower buds, then leave the cutting in a shady spot to dry out and form a callus. Pot into a sandy, free-draining potting mix, such as Debco Cacti & Succulent Superior Potting Mix, or make your own by combining three-parts perlite to one-part peat moss. Firm the mix around the cutting and position the pot in a warm, wind-sheltered spot. Water after potting and don’t water again until new leaves appear.

Large cutting
For cuttings up to 2m long, remove any branchlets from the main stem, then scrape vertically around one end

of the stem with a blade. This exposes the cambium (the green layer) and may help kickstart callus formation. Leave the cutting for two weeks to develop a callus, then plant the wounded end of the stem into at least 60cm of well-drained soil. Stake the cutting to prevent rocking, then remove the stake when established.

Frangi ailments


Although generally hardy, frangipanis can be affected by diseases such as stem rot or rust. It’s possible to fight the disease, but if your tree looks too far gone, consider taking cuttings from healthy branches and planting them before disposing of the old tree.
- Stem rot is a fungus that slowly rots the inside of branches, causing them to go soft and black. To treat, cut out the blackened tips

to get to clean wood, then apply a fungicide.

- Rust spores are small, yellow pustules that form on the underside of the leaves. To control, spray the foliage with a copper-based fungicide, like Yates Rose Shield.

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  1. sylvia09:00pm Thursday 07th November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yo my frangipani just grew new leaves and it looks cute!!

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  2. Pam05:33pm Sunday 18th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    hey my frangipani has no life and im starting to get worried I thought it was becaouse of the wind so I have moved it inside by my laurndry window but its not improving how can I help it thanks

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  3. Julia06:38pm Sunday 07th April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Graham, we noticed that we had the same problem with our tree but when we cut each branch back the dead bit was full of hundreds of ants and eggs. Do we need to do any extra treatment to the tree because of this? Thank you, Julia

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  4. Julie S11:06am Friday 01st March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    HI Graham, I took a cutting from my frangapani approx 1 year ago and it has been laying on my filing cabinet all this time and it is actually growing leaves and beautifully green and healthy on the growing end. How do I plant this now. It is about 500cm in length. Thanks Julie

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