HOW TO GROW FRANGIPANI FROM SEEDS

If you are looking for a particular variety of Plumeria (Frangipani) of which there are over three hundred you are unlikely to find it in your local garden center. So if you have decided that variety is the only one for you, then your answer is to grow it from seed. I found this article by Mazlan on the Dengarden website which explains where to buy the seeds and detailed instructions on how to grow them.

Why Grow Plumeria (Frangipani) from Seeds?

There are over 300 varieties of Plumeria (Frangipani) and not one nursery will stock all. So, when I wanted a variety that I liked, I had no choice but to buy the seeds online.
One of the advantages of growing frangipani from seeds; you can get new varieties of plumeria (frangipani)
One of the advantages of growing frangipani from seeds; you can get new varieties of plumeria (frangipani) | Source

Plumeria from Seeds Will Not Always Give You the Same Variety as the Parent Plant

Buying plumeria seed online is also the only way to get new or special variety.
The problem when propagating by seed is you does not know the results. The flower can be similar or different from the parent plant. This can be annoying especially if you like a certain variety. Although others say that it will take at least two years before it blooms, mine took slightly less than a year.
If you grow plumeria from cuttings, the plant will be similar to the parent plant. It will also bloom earlier.
Despite these disadvantages, I had no choice but to grow the variety that I like from seeds.
Are you faced with similar predicament and not sure how to propagate the seeds? Then, this article will guide you with photos and easy to follow instructions.
Note: Plumeria is the botanical name and Frangipani is its common name
My frangipani seeds that I ordered online from a reliable nursery in Thailand
My frangipani seeds that I ordered online from a reliable nursery in Thailand | Source

Frangipani Seeds – Growing Instructions

Follow the tested and proven steps below, to grow your plumeria or frangipani from seeds:

1. Germinating Frangipani Seeds

If you buy seeds online, you will not know if the seeds were harvested recently or if they are couple of months old. Freshly harvested seeds will germinate faster while older seeds will take a longer time.
To hasten the germination process, the seeds need to be plumped up with moisture for it to grow.
The easiest way is to place the seeds between moistened tissue papers. Leave it for 24 hours in a warm environment. You will notice that the thicker part of the seed will swell. The seed will now be ready for sowing.

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