Hello Friends! Today we will discuss in brief
on Plumeria or Champa plant, its Types, Important Care Tips and Propagation from cuttings with
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bell icon and so that you wont miss any updates. Plumeria are milky sap plants and consists
of a lot of species and all belong to Apocynaceae family. For example Plumeria Pudica, Plumeria
Alba, Plumeria Obtusa and so on. The various species differently in their leaf shape and
arrangement and also color of their flowers. There are many common names for this plant
like Champa, Nag Champa, Pigeon wood, caterpillar tree, etc.
You are seeing here two different species of Plumeria
This one is Plumeria Obtusa with White Flowers called White Champa.
The other one is Plumeria Pudica commonly called as Naag Champa – perhaps because of
it leaf shape which resembles the hood of a cobra snake.
Well Now moving on to Care Tips for Plumeria plants.
Whatever is the species, these are the common care tips for all plumerias. With the proper
plumeria plant care, these wonderful tropical plants can live for many years in containers.They
can grow very tall when grown in ground soil. 1. Plumeria Watering Requirements:
Plumerias like a lot of water during their active growing season (spring and summer),
but be careful with overwatering because this can lead to rot and kill the plant. So the
best method is to dip you finger to about an inch into the soil and if its dry, then
water the plant thoroughly. This depends on you climatic zone and season and also whether
you have kept it in full sun. May be you need to water daily or alternate days depending
on your climate. One important point to remember is use clay pots and not plastic pots if you
are keeping any plant in full direct sunlight. 2. Plumeria Sunlight:
For best flowering, keep it in full direct sunlight and maximum sunlight if possible.
Or atleast 4 to 6 hours of sunlight is required. And Depending on your climatic zone, some
regions might have to shift this indoor in winter season where they go in dormancy period.
3. Plumeria SOIL: If you are repotting, consider a best potting mix for this so that the care
becomes easier later on and its gives maximum flowering. First requirement is a well draining
soil that should drain out soil easily. Also check the drainage holes of your pot and if
its blocked, use a screw driver and and poke or release any clogged stuff from the hole.
General Potting Soil like my universal potting mix will be very good for this plant. You
can check this video on Universal Potting Mix from a Card linked at top right corner
of this video. 4. Plumeria FERTILIZER: Remember Plumerias
are heavy feeders, and growing plumerias in pots will definitely require fertilizer application
to bloom. Most of the time a potted plumeria won�t bloom without it. Fertilize once every
15 days to 1 month specially in spring and summer season for best results. You can add
anything like: a. One handful of vermicompost or decomposed
cowdung powder b. NPK crystals some 5 to 10 crystals or even
water soluble NPK 19 19 19 powder. c. Bone meal of about 1 � 2 teaspoons every
2 months because it�s a slow release fertilizer and very good for flowering.
d. Compost Tea is also a good option. e. What I Use is my Cock Tail Universal Mixed
Fertilizer Powder � about 1 table spoon into this large pot once every 15 days after
tilling or raking the soil � that is loosening the top 1 inch of the soil. If you have not
seen my video on how to make this Mixed Fertilizer recipe and save time, checkout my video from
a card linked at top right corner of this video or you can check the channel homepage
at youtube.com/gardentips. 5. Plumeria PEST CONTROL: Very rarely they
are attacked by Whiteflies and spider mites. You can use neem oil spray when attacked or
best is to spray a dilute solution of Neem oil once a month for all your plants. Just
5ml Neem oil in 1 1 litre of water + half teaspoon 0r 10 drops of liquid soap for the
surfactant and coating effect. You can find a detailed video on Neem Oil in gardening
from my playlists. 6. Plumeria PRUNING: Pruning from time to
time promotes good growth by branching and hence more flowers. Best idea is to prune
bit by bit like once a bunch of flowering happens on a branch and flowers dry out, you
can prune that branch or its twig � its called dead heading which promotes more growth
and flowering. LASTLY ON Plumeria PROPAGATION. They are really
easy to propagate from cuttings. The only point you need to remember is, they are milky
sap plants. Be little careful with the milk � it can be a skin irritant to some people.
The cutting should be dried for 2- 3 days to form a callous at the cut end and then
you can insert it into soil. This roots very easily but sometimes rooting can be very late.
Do not discard � sometimes it can take months before showing signs of rooting or growth
as you can see in my case. And You can take any sized cutting and success rate is really
good. So, there we have it folks. If you like the
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