Pathetic and pitiful plumeria

I bought 3 Plumeria roots over the summer at Cincinnati garden show. I followed the instructions for potting them and they grew nicely. They have no flowers, but just first summer-nice pretty green leaves. It's getting colder so I have taken them in-slowly as instructed. Now they seem to be dying-and I can't find my instructions! PLEASE HELP MY PLUMERIA LIVE!!
3 plumeria-put them in front of window today to get some sun
Yellow leaves with brown spots
Leaves are shriveling and fall off
Dead leaves
  29 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 27, 2015
    These appear to be watered to much. Repot them with fresh soil and see if that helps control the leaf drop age, secondly prior to bringing the plants in did you check for any insects?
  • Z Z on Oct 27, 2015
    Oh no! That's not good. These are all over Hawaii. Let me see what kind of info I can find to help you save it.
  • Linda Brannen Linda Brannen on Oct 27, 2015
    I have them planted, in my yard. It's normal for them to loose their leaves in the winter. Take them out of the soil and put them on a shelf in your garage. Come spring, replant them. I pull mine out of the ground and they spend the winter laying in the tub in my 3rd bathroom. They are not cold tolerant. I've lost several thinking they could survive outside. Even, here, in Florida, one night's freeze will kill them dead.
  • Vickysikes Vickysikes on Oct 27, 2015
    I agree with Janet ,they do appear to be overwatered and you really do need to check for insects. Good Luck.
  • Wendy Joerns Wendy Joerns on Oct 27, 2015
    Hi I am from Australia and these grow everywhere. They will always loose their leaves in winter. Which I could post photo but if you google I am sure you will see that. They do not need much water when it is cool either. Let dry out completely before re watering. Also you really do need more dirt - a larger pot for them to do well.
  • Loi2696379 Loi2696379 on Oct 28, 2015
    They do not like wet feet. And in winter they always loose there leaves
  • Ronald W Ronald W on Oct 28, 2015
    Plumeria are deciduous. Do not water in the winter months. Resume watering in the spring when new leaves and flowers appear. The green stems will continue to photosynthesize so keep it near a light source while inside.
  • Dianne Miller Dianne Miller on Oct 28, 2015
    Mine are pots around my pool. Now that cooler weather has started to drift in they are dropping their leaves and starting to go dormant. I let them dry out good and and moved them to my garage for the winter. I water much less often now and let them dry before nest water. Be sure to water lightly as if too wet during dormancy the Roy's and lower stem will rot. I have bee doing this to my 4 trees for 5 years now with much success. Mine were all rooted from stem tips I got while in Hawaii. Mine are trees now over 5 feet and bloom all summer for me, you can cut off a tip to root a new plant also but be sure to let it dry and the bottom cure for several days then dip in root tone and put in pot with dry dirt. After planting give it a good drink and leave it alone for a not water again during the month. When month is up water normally and you will have a new tree rooting for you.
  • Merry Merry on Oct 28, 2015
    A good way to water is put plant in in bowl or shallow dish pour water in dish it will suck up the water it needs then remove. Then water when it is really dry this will also help on not getting Wkite Fly they love wet soil. Good luck
  • Kat Davis-Moran Kat Davis-Moran on Oct 28, 2015
    I live in Florida, I have these in the ground plus in pots, they do drop there leaves in the winter months, that is when I call them stick plants lol, just be patience they will bloom, and if you want starts just break off a piece let rest a few days then stick it in the dirt. I do however would lightly water in the winter, otherwise they dry out, that is my opinion here in Florida anyways good luck
  • DianaB DianaB on Oct 28, 2015
    Just as a suggestion, they appear to need bigger pots compared to the size of the trunks. Growing and care instructions can easily be found online for everything :))
  • Susie Susie on Oct 28, 2015
    also, next spring into summer, feed them to help the bloom. Plumeria are heavy feeders...
  • Moc2307343 Moc2307343 on Oct 28, 2015
    Put them in the ground. They lose their leaves in the winter.
  • Din1772162 Din1772162 on Oct 28, 2015
    Just contact the Plumeria Society at their web page - Google plumeria society and they pop right up. They will help you save those babies.
  • Susan Vinales Susan Vinales on Oct 28, 2015
    They go dormant in the winter months. My yard in Florida is full of plumeria plants, and the leaves have already started dying off for the winter. They usually start sprouting new leaves in late March here.
  • Shirley Shirley on Oct 28, 2015
    They loose their leaves when weather starts getting cooler not to worry, bring indoors or somewhere dark and stop watering. If you need further info. go to internet, they can give you all kinds of info. or go to Plumeria Society like Dineen suggested. I live in Texas and a friend pulls them out of pot or ground root and all and places them in dark area over winter and replants in spring! Good luck
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Oct 28, 2015
    Gee I could of had this information years ago. Mine looked like yours and my friends looked fantastic. I thought it might be the environment of something. Maybe I will try them again. Since we now have the internet to solve our problems....LOL
  • Shirley Shaw Shirley Shaw on Oct 28, 2015
    I have had one for 10 years and the leaves fall off every winter. I put it in a green house in the winter and every spring it gets beautiful.
  • Dana Stoba Dana Stoba on Oct 28, 2015
    They are deciduous plants and therefore lose their leaves every winter. I grew mine in the ground all summer. Once they lost their leaves in the fall I yanked them out of the ground threw them into the garage in a corner and left them. Next spring, pushed them into the ground as soon as the soil was warm enough and away they grew. They are a very hardy plant and don't need tender loving care. From your picture, I would put them into a much bigger pot once dormant and put into a dark closet no water and wait until spring put them into the warm sunshine, water and away they will go. Feed well as they are in a pot and need food. You can grow them in the ground if you live in a moderate climate such as California or South Texas or Florida. Hope this helps.
  • Kim Joyce Kim Joyce on Oct 28, 2015
    I brought mine in & they to lost their leaves grew new ones. Im in Wisconsin so the garage isnt an option. I have no basement or a closet to put them in.
    • Dana Stoba Dana Stoba on Oct 29, 2015
      @Kim Joyce It doesn't matter where you put them as long as it doesn't get a hard freeze which would be a problem for you. They are very hardy and really don't need much care. Mine would break and I just stuck the broken bit into the ground and off it went. Very shallow rooted because they are a tropical plant. You can kill them with too much water and TLC.
  • Judy G. Judy G. on Oct 29, 2015
    The leaves do fall off every year at this time. Just be sure you don't water the plants very much while they're dormant, or they will die from root rot. Just find the a nice sunny window, and only water them enough to keep them from drying out completely. When the days get longer again, they'll come back to life, put out some new leaves, and, hopefully flower for you.
  • Judy G. Judy G. on Oct 29, 2015
    The leaves do fall off every year at this time. Just be sure you don't water the plants very much while they're dormant, or they will die from root rot. Just find the a nice sunny window, and only water them enough to keep them from drying out completely. When the days get longer again, they'll come back to life, put out some new leaves, and, hopefully flower for you.
  • Connie Connie on Oct 29, 2015
    The leaves fall off every year. When it gets cold I put mine in a dark place all winter. I don't water it. I just leave it alone. When the weather gets nice I put them back out and give them plenty of water. When all the leaves fall off I will be putting them in the dark. In the pot.
  • Zaba Zaba on Oct 29, 2015
    It took mine 6 years to bloom. I put it in the basement and leave it in the large pot, only water once a month.
  • Diane Diane on Oct 29, 2015
    The leave die-off is normal. I just leave alone with my other plants. In early spring, you will love the vigorous sprout. Mine is about 12' tall and goes through this cycle each year.
  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Oct 31, 2015
    Mine, loses leaves and replaces them off n on..It has also bloomed just care for it as you have so far dont "over water" ... Its not dying just shedding old leaves... normal
  • Robin M Robin M on Nov 01, 2015
    We call this tree a frangipani. I have numerous in my yard in south Florida. The wonderful thing about these trees is that if you cut off a branch, you can root it and create another tree! Don't overly fuss this tree. I doesn't need a lot of water, and if you overwater it, it will develop rot and then there really is no way to save it. During the fall, the tree starts to go dormant and will lose its leaves and look dead. In the spring, it will liven up again. Just set it aside and let it go.
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  • Elizabeth Ring Smith Elizabeth Ring Smith on Nov 02, 2015
    You are all so wonderful!! You're suggestions have saved my sanity--and my plumeria!
  • Rita McKay Rita McKay on Apr 14, 2016
    Looks like they need to be put in a little bigger pot...