Growing plumeria in Arizona: These are the first blooms for Boca III, which I bought in the fall of 2014. It has quickly become one of my favorites due to its long-lasting vibrant fuschia blooms.
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Dwarf Singapore Pink plumeria blooming today in Arizona.
This was a happy surprise. I had some frost damage to one of my favorite plumerias - San Diego Sunset - and since they bloom from the tips, I didn't think I would see any flowers this season. I came home from a trip to Texas to find these.
This was a splurge, but I'm so glad I bought a Jim Little Doric (named after his wife). I love the veining and unique color.
Jungle Jack's Desert Sunrise plumeria.
Named after his wife, JL Doric is one of the more rare Jim Little cultivars.
Jungle Jack's Desert Sunrise plumeria
Plumerias change with heat and this Queen Amber is showing a little more pink this week with the high temps.
These 3 plumerias are first blooms to my plumeria collection: Kamiyama Rainbow, Hausten White, and Jackie (all Plumeria obtusa).
A combination of Aztec Gold, JJ Desert Sunrise, Monterrey, and JJ Jackie.
I fell in love with plumerias on my first trip to Hawaii in 1985. Although associated with the islands, they are actually native to Mexico and Central and South America. They grow in beautiful fragrant clusters which are especially stunning when used in leis, bouquets, and arrangements. The pictures above are some of my collection. Seeds do not grow true to their parent, so each seedling produces a new and unique plumeria. The only way to propagate true to the original tree is to prune and root the branch. There are so many named varieties from different countries (US, Thailand, Italy, Australia), colors (rainbow, orange, red, purple, coral) and fragrances (gardenia, peach, coconut, rose) to choose from, it's easy to become addicted. Hence, you'll find popular Facebook groups such as "Beyond Plumie Addiction" and "Plumeria Addicts". For some great information on growing plumeria locally, join the Facebook group Phoenix Plumeria Growers or visit the website "Valley of the Sun Plumeria Society".
While living in Boston, I had a solitary plant which I kept on a windowsill in a downtown high-rise. It wasn't until our move to Arizona - where they thrive in the ground if provided summer sun and frost protection - that my 'collection' went from one (a Dwarf Singapore Pink) to the 90+ varieties I have now: https://www.pinterest.com/WriteOnRubee/my-updated-plumeria-collection-2016/
This traveled as a potted plant on our cross-country drive from Boston to Phoenix. Since this was transplanted into the ground (in a custom cut-out on our back patio), it has grown to 5 feet high by 6 feet wide and is covered in fragrant bloom clusters every summer.
I bought this at the 15th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival Presented by the Southern California Plumeria Society in August 2014. It had been on my wish list for quite a while and it didn't disappoint - I love the colors, large flowers, and sweet grape scent.