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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wurzelentwicklung eines Setzlings von Plumeria rubra 'Puu Kahea'

Das Bild zeigt die Entwicklung der Wurzeln eines Stecklings von Plumeria "Puu Kahea" nur 39 Tage nachdem der Steckling unbewurzelt gepflanzt wurde. Dieser unbewurzelte Plumeria Steckling wurde im Spätherbst 2010 gesetzt.

Die meisten Plumeria Gärtner hängen an dem alten Glauben, daß man bis zum Frühjahr warten muß damit Plumeria Stecklinge Wurzeln bilden.

Aber, das Bild erzählt eine andere Geschichte.

Wurzelentwicklung nach 39 Tagen

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tropical Plants and Plumeria Care in Temperate Climates

When it comes to growing tropical plants, including plumerias, some gardeners will tell you that these plants cannot be grown in temperate climates. Recently, I have been asked how tropical plants and plumerias can be grown in less than ideal conditions meaning outside their native subtropical and tropical climates.

Tropical plant lovers can let their imagination run wild in creating tropical gardens of their own with all the new plants and information that is available to them these days. No longer do they have to listen to all the naysayers telling them it can't be done. Gardeners can create a tropical garden with banana plants, heliconias, plumerias, and other beautiful exotic tropical plants. Many of these tropical plants have been developed and hybridized for this very reason.

In temperate climates gardeners have to grow their tropical plants in pots, and supplement what is needed to re-create their native conditions. The tropical plant gardener in temperate climate zones has to adjust the plants and growing conditions to fit his or her local garden parameters.

For example, if a gardener wants to include banana plants in the garden design, instead of growing banana plants that grow twelve feet or more, like Musa 'Ice Cream' and Musa 'Monthan', growing dwarf fruiting banana plants is the available and correct choice.

Excellent dwarf fruiting banana plants include Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish', Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Lady Finger', and Musa acuminata 'Super Dwarf Cavendish'. These dwarf banana plants don't take up much space and can produce fruits when provided with the correct growing conditions.

Another excellent alternate choice to grow in temperate climates are ornamental banana plants, called Musa ornata. They produce colorful inflorescences, flower stalks, which carry inedible banana fruits. Colors of the inflorescences include red, white, purple and pink. An excellent edible choice is Musa velutina, also called pink flowering banana. The fruit is actually edible if one doesn't mind the seeds. The bananas actually peel themselves back when ripe. Musa velutina starts flowering and fruiting once it reaches three feet in height.

Musa ornata
When traveling to tropical destinations vacationers encounter heliconias growing in the wild. Many heliconias grow so tall that they would not be considered suitable for container growing.

But there are also many smaller heliconias available that can be grown successfully in pots outside during the summer months and inside during the colder months of the year. One group is Heliconia psittacorum which grows happily in a pot. Cultivars include Heliconia psittacorum 'Lady Di', Heliconia psittacorum 'Strawberries and Cream', and Heliconia psittacorum 'Andromeda'. Several plants of Heliconia stricta can also be successfully grown in containers, including Heliconia stricta 'Firebird', Heliconia stricta 'Sharonii', and Heliconia stricta 'Bucky'.

Heliconia psittacorum 'Lady Di'
If one's growing space is restricted or limited in size, Heliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican' is an excellent choice. This is a true dwarf heliconia not growing more than two to three feet high. It is a bushy plant with heavily pleated leaves which have a thin red stripe down the center. The bracts look like miniature lobster claws and are comparatively large in contrast to the size of the plant. These bracts last a long time. 
Plumeria plants are another group of tropical plants thought to be impossible to grow in temperate climates. By providing the correct Plumeria Care these plants can be grown as far north as Alaska. Plumeria care involves choosing the correct potting mix, soil additives, fertilizers, and more. This is true for all tropical plants.

There is a feeling of serenity when one watches the flowers of plumeria plants which come not only in many different colors such as white, red, yellow, pink and rainbow, but also have unforgettable fragrances which include citrus, coconut, gardenia, jasmine, peaches, roses and many more.

Plumeria plants can grow quite tall, but can be maintained at the desired height with the correct pruning techniques. In recent years several dwarf varieties have been introduced, including Plumeria obtusa 'Dwarf Singapore Pink', Plumeria rubra 'Divine', and Plumeria rubra 'Mini-White'. Divine and Mini-White are considered true miniatures. 

Plumeria obtusa 'Dwarf Singapore Pink'
Another dwarf hybrid is Plumeria obtusa 'Dwarf Deciduous' which produces large white flowers with a strong citrus fragrance.

Plumerias over the last fifteen to twenty years have gained more and more gardeners' attention worldwide. More and more international gardeners who have experienced plumerias first hand through their travels, or have discovered them on the internet are including them in their tropical garden designs. Plumerias are also known and called 'Frangipani' which is their recognizable name around the world.

These are just a few examples of tropical plants which can be grown successfully with proper care in temperate climates. Other plants that the tropical gardeners can include in their newly designed gardens are gingers, calatheas, proteas, and tropical rhododendrons.

If you have fallen in love with tropical plants and want to create your exotic tropical garden oasis in the temperate zone where you reside, go ahead and give it a go. New discoveries and gardening methods have opened the door for new possibilities to grow the garden closest to your heart's desire, even if the local trusted gardeners haven't kept up with all these new gardening developments.

Especially, if tropical plants are at the center of your gardening dreams, find a good current
tropical plant care guide and read up on the newest methods that are out there and available. 

For more information on growing plumeria cuttings, plants and seeds successfully and to read excerpts from How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere! visit Plumeria Care 101

Copyright © Bob Walsh 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Plumeria Pflege – Frangipani Pflanzen – Pagodenbaum – Tempelbaum

Bob Walsh Enterprises proudly announces the addition of one “German page” to their website, Plumeria Care - How To Grow Plumerias Frangipani, for all German speaking plumeria aficionados and gardeners in Europe and around the world. 

The page entitled, Plumeria Pflege – Frangipani Pflanzen - Pagodenbaum – Tempelbaum, can be found at

This new German language page highlights and explains Bob Walsh’s new book, How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!, to German speaking plumeria enthusiasts and gardeners in their mother tongue. 
Bob Walsh Enterprises offers this page to accommodate the 70-plus million people of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the additional 50 million German speaking population around the world in Austria, Switzerland, and in neighboring countries of Western Europe, and in Eastern Europe stretching from Russia with over one million in the north to the former Yugoslavia in the south.

North America, the United States, Canada, and Mexico are home to practically half of the 50 million German speaking living outside of Germany.  Both Brazil and Argentina claim another million each.  Australia has over one million German speaking while New Zealand has become home to hundreds of thousands.  

Many German speaking people grew up surrounded by flowers in their gardens or decorative window boxes that they cared for religiously – taking great pride appreciating the beauty of these floral displays. They, like so many others, have fallen in love with plumerias, frangipani, which they have discovered in their international travels or through the internet. 

Now with the opportunity to learn more about how to grow plumerias anywhere anytime, they can include these beautiful scented tropical plants wherever they call home in the world, especially with Bob Walsh’s new step by step illustrated plumeria care guide, available at, where it is now introduced to them in their native German language. 

Copyright © Bob Walsh 2011