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What to do when you receive your plumeria

What you should do when you receive your plumeria from Florida Colors Nursey.

When you receive your plumeria you will notice that most of the leaves and soil have been removed. This is a requirement from the USDA for our certification to ship into several states and overseas. Removing the leaves also helps prevent stress and dehydration during the time the plumeria is recovering from being transported and transplanted into a new growing environment.

You should plant your plumeria as soon as possible, but it will survive for weeks during shipment. The longer it takes to get into soil and resume growing, the longer it will take to recover from shipping and transplanting.

We guarantee all our plumeria and all packages are insured with the post office.

1. Please examine your package and take photographs highlighting any damage to the outside of the box.
2. Then unpack you plumeria and examine and photograph it for any damage.
3. If you plumeria has been damaged notify us asap attaching photos of the damaged box and plumeria.
4. Be sure to include you name and order number. Please send to info@floridacolors.com
5. Depending on the damage and the cultivar we may require you to send the damaged plumeria back to Florida Colors Nursery.
6. If your plumeria needs to be replaced, we will schedule a replacement as soon as possible (we pay replacement shipping cost), if for some reason we do not have another one in stock we will refund the full amount including shipping cost.

Enjoy your new Plumeria and the follow is a few easy steps to help you get your plumeria going!

  • Potting soil mix preparation
    • Use a mixture of 1 parts Perlite, 1 part potting mix without fertilizer and 1 part decomposed pine bark. The key is to have a well-draining mix.
    • Moisten the potting mixture until it holds together but is not dripping water.
  • Preparing your pots
    • Make sure there are plenty of drain holes.
    • Use one new pot or sterile potfor each plumeria.
    • Fill a 1 gal - 3 gal for rooted plumeria half way full with your potting mix.
    • Or fill a 3 gal - 5 gal for grafted plumeria , half way full with your potting mix. 
  • Potting the plumeria
    • Place the plumeria in the pot, you root ball should be about the center of the pot vertically and horizontally..
    • Fill the pot to about 2” from the top rim of the pot.
    • Use your fingers to gently press the soil around the roots.
    • Water well to help wash the soil down around the roots.
    • If needed, use a bamboo stake to keep the plumeria from leaning and moving. Movement caused by wind or animals could break newly formed roots.
    • This is a good time to apply granular fertilizer by spreading on top of the soil. (Do not apply fertilizers at least one month before your plumeria go dormant. Dormancy occurs in the fall when nighttime temps start dropping into the low 50s.)
    • Fill the pot to the top with your soil mix.
    • Water well for the next three days, after that water when the soil is almost dry. It best to water in the morning. (A moisture meter is a good tool to have).
    • Watering to much will cause root rot.
  • Place your potted plumeria in a warm location in full sun (6-8 hours a day).
  • If you are foliar feeding, misting use 1/2 strength for first time and spray early or late in the day, but not in full sun it may burn your leaves.
  • Transplanting
    • Your cutting can stay in a 1 gal pot for many months. You can transplant to a larger pot when you see roots coming out of the pot or near the surface. The main thing to watch after transplanting is to make sure the soil is draining well and doesn’t stay wet.
    • Or you can transplant into the ground if you are in an area free of frost and freezes.