Frangipanis are associated with tropical islands, exotic locales, and sandy beaches. What most people do not realise is that it is easy to grow in many parts of Australia. Frangipanis are the hero plant of many backyards across Australia. They love the hot Australian sun, are easy to plant and they look amazing in full flower. There are three-hundred different colours of the flower available. Hybrids have been developed that include two and three colours in one flower, as well as some with striped petals.
Ideal Soil for Growing Frangipanis
When learning how to grow frangipanis, the first thing to master is the soil in which the seeds, or clipping, will be placed. Frangipanis respond well to soil rich in nitrogen. Mixing fertiliser in with the dirt from the very beginning provides a solid start. The soil has to drain well between watering, rather than puddle near the plant.
Flowers also grow well in pots which means they will do well in small spaces, such as terraces and balconies. The best type of pot to use is of terracotta material. That material absorbs excess water, and then dries so water will drain well away from the roots of the plant.
Do not water the flower during winter months to prevent rotting of the root, branch, or tip. Adding mulch to the top of the soil will reduce weeds, and keep roots cool in the summer. It is essential to avoid placing mulch directly against the trunk. That will cause the trunk to rot.
Where to Plant Frangipanis
The frangipani is a hardy plant that is drought and fire resistant, as well as low maintenance. It does require plenty of sun, and a frost-free climate. It does not withstand heavy winds, though, so should be sheltered to a certain degree. Placing flowers close to the house, or near a fence, will help protect it in storms with gusty winds.
The plant grows slowly, but can reach a size of six meters high by five meters wide. It provides shade because the flowers bloom at the tips of the branches. Placing frangipanis on the western side of the house can shade it in the summer.
The flower has a wonderful scent that varies, depending on the colours of the flowers. Place the plants in an area where the scent can be enjoyed and fully appreciated. That can be on the patio, close to the bay window in the living room, or by the kitchen entrance.
Frangipani Pruning Tips
Part of excellent care for frangipanis is proper pruning. Plants do not bloom until they are two years old, so pruning does not take place until that time. It is best to prune in late winter, or early spring, because flowers only appear at the end of the branches. Cutting them off into the growing season will drastically reduce the number of flowers that bloom.
Standard pruning methods involve cutting branches back to the main trunk. This will prevent further branching. If dense branching is desired, prune the existing branches to one half their current natural height.
What to Do With Cut Flowers
Flowers last a long time after they are cut, so there are many things that can be done with them. Sewing them together to make traditional leis is just one example of how they can be used. Many women place them in their hair. They add beauty to any style of dress, and they provide alluring fragrance as well.
Plants can be started from clippings, so placing clippings in a glass of water is a way to save them for a friend or family member. Once cut, the flowers can also be placed in a bowl of water to float. That makes a stunning centre piece for a dinner or buffet table. The possibilities are endless with beautiful Frangipani Flower. And it can all come from your Fantastic backyard.