Plants

Frangipani flower

Main characteristics of the frangipani flower

Frangipani flower plants include a conspicuous array of trees and shrubs. Some are characterized by deciduous leaves while others have persistent leaves. Both the stem and the branches are fleshy but over time they tend to become more woody.The leaves are particularly large and have a characteristic lanceolate shape. The intense green color better highlights the delicate shades of the inflorescences that are completely comparable to those of the oleander. They have a striking appearance and are grouped in terminal buds consisting of up to fifty flowers. The scent they emanate can be perceived even from a great distance. The color of the flowers varies according to the species. Some are white tinged with pink while others are red with a different colored center.

Cultivation of plumeria


The plumeria, or frangipani flower if you prefer, must be positioned in an area well exposed to direct sunlight but protected from drafts or cold winds. In the summer season it is better to protect its fronds in a semi-shaded area to prevent them from being seriously damaged. With the first colds of autumn they enter dormancy and prolonged low temperatures over the course of days can inhibit the production of new buds during the following spring.The frangipani flower needs fertile and light soils. Increase drainage by mixing a third part of sand or other porous material with peat. Water the plants regularly during the period between May and September, avoiding excesses.

The propagation methodologies


To obtain new varieties, propagation by sowing is carried out. It must be done at the end of spring using fresh seeds. The seedlings that emerge will not flower until they reach three and sometimes four years of age. Instead, agamic propagation is carried out by means of semi-woody cutting. In spring, take the cuttings taking care not to touch the lactic that comes out with your fingers because it is particularly poisonous.Let the cut to dry in the air for at least a dozen days. In this way the rooting of the seedling is favored. Plant the cuttings in a small pot filled with sand, peat and mature manure. If you want to obtain a given genetic variety it is better to use the propagation technique by cuttings.

Frangipani flower: Pests and diseases


The plumeria flower can be interested in different types of parasitic attacks more or less dangerous for its health. Among the most fearsome insects there are certainly the scale insects. They both attach firmly to the branches as well as to the foliage and flowers by covering the surface with crusts formed by multilayered follicles. If the infestation is of modest size, it is possible to manually remove the part affected by the problem, otherwise it is necessary to resort to specific plant protection products. The whitefly is also particularly attracted to these plants and can present itself infesting the leaves with numerous colonies. The red spiders, on the other hand, also attack the stem and cause first the yellowing of the interested parts and then their necrosis.

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