How to Start Plumeria Cuttings


Add more flowering plumeria bushes or trees to your garden by taking cuttings from an existing or parent plant. Schedule the cuttings for springtime, so the roots develop for a late-summer or early-fall planting. Cuttings allow you to share plants with friends and neighbors. After taking the cuttings and roots are developed, the new plumeria can be added to the garden.

Step 1

Cut a 1- to 2-foot branch or tip from the parent plant with clean gardening sheers.

Step 2

Remove any foliage and set the cutting in a dry location, allowing it to cure for two weeks.

Step 3

Mix together one part peat moss with two parts pertile and fill the pot, making the soil line 1 inch below the rim.

Step 4

Wet the bottom end of the cutting with water and dip it in rooting hormone to cover the end.

Step 5

Make an indentation in the center of the soil using your finger and insert the cutting, pushing it down 3 inches. Pat the soil to firm around the cutting.

Step 6

Fill the rest of the pot with pea gravel.

Step 7

Apply water to the soil until it leaks out of the drain hole.

Step 8

Place in a sunny location and re-water when the soil dries. If planted in the spring, it will take about 90 days for the roots to develop.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Gallon pot with drainage hole
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pea gravel


  • Plumeria 101: Cuttings
  • University of Hawaii: Plumeria
Keywords: rooting plumeria, growing plumeria, plumeria cuttings

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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.