Plant Care Plumeria Rubra

Plumeria Rubra

3.9 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Plumeria Rubra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Plumeria Rubra has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Red Frangipani, Red Frangipani, Jasmine Mango, Temple Flower and West Indian Jasmine


Plumeria rubra

How to care for Plumeria Rubra


How often to water your Plumeria Rubra

Water needs for Plumeria Rubra
0.5 cups
every 12

Plumeria Rubra needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Plumeria Rubra

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Red Frangipani in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Plumeria Rubra: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Plumeria Rubra love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Plumeria Rubra does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Plumeria Rubra in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Plumeria Rubra

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Plumeria Rubra: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Plumeria Rubra after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Plumeria Rubra is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Plumeria Rubra

Plumeria Rubra

Plumeria Rubra

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Plumeria Rubra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Plumeria Rubra has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Plumeria Rubra has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Plumeria Rubra has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Plumeria Rubra has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Plumeria Rubra has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Raushan avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 76 XP

I first saw Frangipani in Roatan, Honduras during a graduate course I was taking there and again in Hawaii. I got mine from the Philadelphia Flower Flower Show ages ago. My family calls it my “Stick” because most times they saw her when all the leaves were gone. I have had her for more than 10 years when it was a little cutting and it only bloomed for the first time a couple years ago! She has moved with me 4 times, survived some sort of rot a couple of times and some very stressful moves indoors and outdoors. I didn’t put her outside this summer like I normally do because of all the lantern flys 😖, and I didn’t get any blooms this year because of that, but whoever. She may be a stick to some, but she is MY stick and she is awesome 💗

Survivor Survivor
Tara avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 1,408 XP
globe Yakima, WA

Very hard to grow if you don’t live in Hawaii or florida

@FayeLavergne57 avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 104 XP
globe Coldspring, TX

I love this beautiful tree! It was a gift from my very dear cousin several years ago and it has just flourished.

Bri avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 528 XP
globe Yoakum, TX

Easy to maintain and so pretty when it blooms!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@YvetteOasis avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 410 XP

You can keep it in a large pot or plant it in the soil.
Beautiful flowers in all colors.
Fragrance is very lovely.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Corina avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Dunedin, FL

Found these in someone’s trash pile and put them in dirt, gave them sun and water. Doing so well!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Kiersten avatar
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 36,768 XP
globe New Orleans, LA

This is my FAVORITE plant. She does go dormant in the winter and ends up looking suspiciously like a chicken foot sticking out of the soil (pictured) but when she’s on she’s ON.

I have struggled with spider mites on her for over a year now, but when she blooms it’s all worth it. I can only imagine the smell is equivalent to what a Greek goddess’ smells like and the scent lingers during the heavy, humid summer nights. She grows quick and is communicative (the leaves droop as soon as she’s thirsty).

10/10 recommend if you want your house to truly feel like a tropical oasis

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Kwestannie avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 737 XP
globe Naples, FL

Beautiful aroma!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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