Singapore Dwarf Champa
Plumeria Singapore Dwarf (Champa) is a plant species of the genus that are characterized by fragrant flowers, it is categorized under family Apocynaceae and is native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of Mexico, Polynesia, Central America.
The plumeria (Champa) is a fast-growing tropical tree that produces masses of fragrant blooms between March and October. A small tree, the plumeria reaches heights of about 30 feet at maturity. Also known as frangipani, a plumeria is a warm-climate plant hardy to USDA Planting Zones 9 to 11. Although the plant won’t tolerate freezing winter climates, it can be planted in a container and brought indoors when the weather turns cold. Plumeria grows profusely in Hawaii and is a popular flower choice for leis.
- Select a dwarf plumeria plant with an even, bright colour and a sturdy, straight trunk. Look for evenly-spaced branches. Avoid plants with wilted leaves or poor colour
- Position the plumeria where the tree will be exposed to bright sunlight for at least 4 to 6 hours every day. Choose a planting location where the soil drains well and water doesn’t puddle after a rainfall.
- Plant a plumeria in a sturdy container filled almost to the top with a good quality commercial cactus mix or all-purpose potting mix. Use a container at least 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) in diameter. Be sure to use a container with a hole in the bottom to provide soil drainage, as a plumeria won’t do well with wet feet.
- Water a plumeria deeply, then don’t water it again until the soil is dry. Decrease watering when the weather cools in autumn and stop watering completely during the winter months. Resume normal watering when you can see new growth in spring.
- Feed a plumeria a high-nitrogen fertilizer with a ratio such as 32-6-2 every 2 to 3 weeks, beginning when new growth appears in spring.
What to Do?
- Every plant has a different type of light, feed and water requirements.
- Most of the plants like moderate watering, let a couple of inches at the surface dry before watering again.
- Some plants require frequent feeding but most, once in a year, feed the plant at beginning of spring.
- Re-pot the plant every couple of years in a slightly bigger container.
What Not to Do?
- Please avoid frequent watering in winters, it will kill the plant.
- Avoid temperature shocks like taking it suddenly indoors or outdoors.
- Avoid partial watering and use water sprayers to water equally in all directions.
- Do not repot plants in large containers, most of the plants like to be in groups.
- Do not over-fertilizing, quantity depends on soil mix ingredients but plants do need not more than a spoon.