WAS given a cut white and yellow tropical frangipani, which I put
in a vase. It was doing really well, produced more flowers and even
started to grow roots, so I put it in a well-drained pot with potting
soil and placed it in the same spot as the vase. But now it's ailing.
What advice can you give me before I lose it altogether?
frangipani (Plumeria rubra) has brittle roots which are easily
damaged at the best of times, but roots that develop in water are
even more likely to break. This is probably what happened when you
If the stem is firm
and plump, that is a good sign. But if it has started to shrivel,
there's probably not much chance of saving it. Keep the cutting
in a warm sunny spot. Only water when it has become quite dry and
even then water sparingly. With a bit of luck, it will survive,
grow fresh roots and produce new leaves in spring.
Gardener, Issue 146, 2004, Page 24
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.