How to Root Plumeria Cuttings


If you have ever visited Hawaii, the mere scent of a plumeria flower will bring memories of that trip. Plumeria is a tropical flowering tree, sometimes called frangipani, that can reach heights of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon species, the flower can be white, yellow, pink, fuschia or a mixture of these colors. The plumeria cutting, generally a 12-inch long, thick leafless stick, should be planted in the spring.

Step 1

Mix 2 parts perlite and 1 part peat moss. Pour it into the planting pot to within 1 inch of the rim.

Step 2

Measure the cutting and place a mark 4 inches from the bottom.

Step 3

Dip the bottom 1 inch of the cutting into a cup of water and then into the rooting hormone. Tap the cutting gently to remove any excess hormone.

Step 4

Push the cutting into the soil until the mark is even with the rim of the pot. Press the soil firmly around the cutting.

Step 5

Add the pea gravel to the pot and press it firmly with your hands.

Step 6

Water slowly until the excess runs from the bottom of the pot. Place the pot in a sunny location. Do not water again until the soil is dry. The cutting should have a fully developed root ball within 90 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Plumeria cutting
  • Rooting hormone that contains fungicide
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Felt-tipped pen
  • Cup of water
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • 1-gallon planting pot drainage holes
  • Pea gravel


  • The Plumeria Society of America: Plumeria Cuttings: Making And Rooting
  • Plumeria 101: Plumeria Cuttings 101
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