My family loves Hawaii and there are few plants as beautiful to the eye and the nose as the Plumeria or Frangipani, which grow profusely on the islands. Since Plumeria are susceptible to frost (they are hardy to 33 degrees), they are more suitable for Zones 10 and 11. However, many gardeners (including the Exotic Plumeria nursery in Seffner) successfully grow Plumeria in Zone 9. Tolerant to drought, it will not do well in wet, poorly drained soil.
Since Plumeria have spectacular, fragrant flowers, but are are deciduous and susceptible to frost, they are an ideal container plant.
Clare Corré has graciously allowed me to copy her excellent compilation of Web links for Plumerias, which she published on Dave's Garden. Also, she has made available her article on Creating a Plumeria Collection that discusses growing Plumeria from seed, cuttings and grafts along with tips on buying Plumeria. I'd also recommend her article Clare's Garden where she discusses Plumeria and the joy of gardening - not a bad combination.
The following are the Internet resources I've identified on Plumeria. While the list pales in comparison to Clare's, it will at least give you an introduction.
|A Singapore and a Celadine Plumeria purchased from Exotic Plumeria 10/21/06.|