Blooming Plumeria


Every gardener has a success story, and if the gardener is blessed with talent, he/she will have several living achievements proudly displayed in their gardens. My lone garden achievement of the season is a Plumeria. This beauty is a gift my mother received from a co-worker. This member of the Apocynaceae plant family was a tiny little thing when we received it in 2009, coming in a 1-gallon container and was just shy of 14 inches in height. Since then, the Plumeria has gone through several moves in two different forms (first, transplanted a couple times into bigger pots and then in three different gardens as we moved from one part of the Orlando area to another), even when I finally settled in the current place, the Plumeria still had to endure several months (and by several months I mean a couple of years) in the mud pit that was my garden. The Plumeria has lived through some tough times but I have never seen it bloom since its first flowers emerged in 2011.

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It’s appropriate that the Plumeria waited until Gardenyard was beautified to bloom for the first time in forever. Now the Plumeria stands taller than me (I’m a tiny 5’8”) and is currently in a 7-gallon plastic container.

With these impressive stats, I believe my lovely Plumeria has earned an upgrade to a ceramic pot. Don’t you think?

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