Frangipani, Plumeria, The Temple Tree, Champa, Melia
A small tree can grow up to 6 meters, has thick stocky sausage like and smooth grey green bark on its trunk gnarled looking trunk. While its is a native of Tropical South America from Mexico to as far south as Brazil, is has naturalised in most of the drier parts of tropical Asia. It is commonly associated with mythology and folklore in Hindu and Buddhism and Samoan cultures. It flowers are used in Indian incense and to make the garlands in Hawaii. In India it has a special place amongst temples and historical building. As Bonsai it is only just picking up popularity, and is gaining popularity as a conservatory plant in temperate regions.
Informal Upright, Twin-trunk, Clump
Well light bright position. The Champa needs at least 4 hours of sunlight even during winter. They can be moved outdoor during summer, bring back indoors when night temperatures start falling below 10C.
The Frangipani does not need too much watering. Once a week if water well is enough or 2-3 time a week if watered sparsely. Water only when soil surface dry out. It will suffer from root rot it over watered.
Feed with a balanced fertiliser, as soon as leaf start extending in spring. Feed bimonthly till late summer early autumn.
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
While Plumeria can be pruned at anytime, it is best to prune in spring, just before leaf growth starts. Plumeria naturally start branching after flowering, so place in full sunlight to encourage flowering.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Plumeria don't like to be pot bound, so repot younger plants every year. Use a well drained soil to avoid root rot. 1 part Akadama, 1 Part Pumice, 1 Part Bark chips. Repot in Spring before new leafs growth begins and temperatures are on the rise.
Not advisable, as the sausage like branches can scar easily, using pruning to shape.