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How To Grow Plumeria Plants From Seeds


Plumeria plants are easily started from seeds. It is a fun and inexpensive way to increase one’s collection of plumerias. It is important to find reputable retailers to purchase seeds from in order to guarantee quality.

Generally, it takes anywhere from three to four years for plumeria plants started from seeds to produce flowers. There are reports that flowers developed after just ten months. This is a very rare occurrence.

Each plumeria plant has a large number of chromosomes, some suggest as many as 54, which is the reason each planted plumeria seed produces seedlings each with its own unique characteristics, including flowers, fragrance and growth habit.

Before planting plumeria seeds determine which seeds are viable to increase your success rate. When choosing a container, it is important that the container is the proper size to allow the rapid growth process of plumeria seedlings. There are several successful planting methods. Learn which methods work the best resulting in a high germination rate for quality planted seeds.

Choosing and preparing the container with the just right pre-mixed potting medium is essential for proper healthy growth of the seedlings. Planting the seeds correctly in the container can prevent disease and other harmful effects that can lead to the death of plumeria seedlings.

Ongoing care of planted plumeria seeds is equally essential for a good success rate by providing correct lighting and a regulated watering process and technique for the seedlings. Labeling the container with the seed variety is helpful in identifying the seedling later, especially if you plant plumeria seeds of different varieties.

Fresh plumeria seeds generally germinate within days. A few seeds may take longer to germinate.

As the seeds develop and their initial growth appears, a sheath encloses their tops. Many times the seedlings push the sheath off themselves.

Don’t be confused by the first appearance of the initial green leaves. These are not true leaves. Proper treatment and care at this seed to seedling stage can make the difference between success and failure.

The seedlings need to be transplanted into a fast draining potting mix. The right type of fertilizer with a defined routine fertilizing schedule results in an increased rapid healthy growth. Foliar feeding young plumeria plants regularly benefits their growth dramatically.

By following tested and proven methods plumeria seeds can grow into beautiful, fragrant plumeria plants which one can enjoy year after year.

California Bud’s Sally seedlings – 7 weeks after seeds were planted

Copyright @ Bob Walsh 2011

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an intersting blog Bob. Not a plant I grow though.

24 Jan, 2011


I also found it interesting but - frustrating, too! There is no advice given on how to distinguish viable seed from unviable.

"Learn which methods work the best resulting in a high germination rate for quality planted seeds." But there is no info after this paragraph!

Choosing the correct container - no info! Correct growing medium - no info! Sowing the seeds correctly - no info!

No information is given in any of the paragraphs! This I find frustrating! Sorry!

26 Jan, 2011


Here in San Diego Plumeria trees are rarely planted by seeds. The seeds very rarely turn out to be true-to-type (for varieties). To ensure a accurate reliable variety plumeria tree, they are always grown from cuttings.

Many times seedling plumeria trees will not develop its true color until it blooms for 3 years. I've experience this with a seed-grown plant, which has since been given away.

18 Apr, 2011


Delonix 1,

The average from seed to flower is 3 years. This time can be cut by half or more by providing the seedlings with the proper care.
One of my seedlings bloomed 7 months after I planted the seed.

Starting plumerias from cuttings is the way to go if one wants a specific plant.

BUT - new, exciting plumeria hybrids can ONLY be produced from seeds.

Happy Growing,


18 Apr, 2011



Yes, I do know of people in the Plumeria Society of San Diego growing plumerias from seed and getting them to bloom within less than a year (especially when planted in the ground) where they grow fastest. However, it's not such a common practice here because seeds are too variable...even the hybridized seedlings. You can plant several hybridized seeds and the plants can produce many variation in bloom color.

We're very lucky here in San Diego...many people give cuttings very generously from their trees. The rule of thumb is the bigger the branch, the better and easier they will root and bloom. Many times, you can end up with an instant tree in your yard. :>)

19 Apr, 2011


I just purchased plumeria seeds (chompu 129) from Malaysia. Very excited about growing these babies. Thanks for the blog post. :)

2 Aug, 2011

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