Plumeria Flowers In Chicago

Thursday, May 24, 2012

History Of 'How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!'

Welcome All Gardeners Worldwide,

It's now more than 11 years that I started growing plumerias in Chicago, plant hardiness zone 5.

Chicago - Blooming Plumeria 'Lurline'

It was clear through everything I read about plumerias, the general consensus was that it was impossible to grow and flower plumeria plants in growing zone 5. It was very frustrating at the beginning and I bought the few books on plumeria plants that were available at this time.

This books were written by gardeners growing plumerias in Hawaii, India and southern Texas. I followed the guidelines in these books religiously only to lose one plumeria cutting and plant after another.
Flowering in Chicago - Plumeria 'Kimo'

The books I followed are very informative books for gardeners living in tropical climates, but definitely did not apply to plumeria gardeners in temperate climates.

After I lost numerous plumeria cuttings and plants I knew that I had to find my own growing techniques. It still was an adventure with many ups and downs.

The next years I experimented with mixing my own potting mediums, fertilizers and techniques, soil additives, grow lights, fungicides, insecticides and more. I took notes of successes as well failures as they occurred.

Flowering in Chicago - Plumeria 'Samoan Fluff'
Samoan Fluff

Friends and family were amazed at my devotion and success of finally being able to grow and flower plumeria plants outside their natural habitat of tropical and subtropical regions
right here in plant hardiness zone 5.

They convinced me to start writing my plumeria book and share my gained knowledge with other plumeria loving gardeners. This book would provide new hope for temperate zone plumeria lovers that they, too, could create a garden of these beautiful sensuous flowers
despite the common consensus that told them it couldn't be done.

Flowering in cloudy, hot and humid conditions in Chicago - Plumeria 'Daisy Wilcox'
Daisy Wilcox

It was my goal to write the book in an easy to understand format in English and supplement it with illustrations so gardeners worldwide, including those practicing English as a second language, are able to successfully follow the step-by-step instructions that are provided in the book.

After I finished writing the book, I ask several friends and family members to read it. Some of them didn't have any or much knowledge about plants, and especially not plumerias at all. They were my best critics and told me what they didn't understand at the time.

I took their criticisms to heart and went back and made the needed changes in the book until everybody agreed that they're able to follow the book, including all the instructions.

Flowering in Chicago - Seedling of Plumeria 'Celadine'

After editing the book I thanked everyone for their input. I felt very confident if all these
folks were able to understand the easy to follow step-by-step guidelines on how to grow plumerias, then gardeners worldwide would understand them as well.

It's hard to explain in words what I felt after publishing the book. There was and is the feeling of utmost gratitude for having been able to put my experience with plumeria plants into words and be able to share all this information with plumeria plant lovers all around the world. 

There also was and is the feeling of joy knowing that gardeners worldwide can be successful now in growing these wonderful tropical plants and that they would not have to take "NO" for an answer. 

Finally, I published the plumeria book. Since its publication at the end of 2010 gardeners from Australia to Alaska and Canada, India to Italy, Malaysia to Malta, New Zealand to the Netherlands, Portugal to Poland, and here in the United States from California to Connecticut and Washington to Florida are following its step-by-step guidelines. 

Flowering in Chicago - Plumeria 'Pauahi Alii'
Pauahi Alii

I also made it my goal to answer each email pertaining to growing plumeria plants. 

It is an utmost joy for me to receive emails like the following.....

I just looked through my recently purchased copy of your plumeria book. It appears to be the best book I have ever seen on plumerias, covering far more information and providing in-depth details and explanations throughout the entire book.

I have been growing plumerias in Central Connecticut (zone 6) for 20 years. I have rooted scores of cuttings. Recently, though, I lost 2 of the 4 Scott Pratt, and the remaining two hadn't done anything for two months. I then tried the egg method >>> big fat white roots in what seemed like no time! Thanks for spreading the knowledge of the egg method around.
James........................Connecticut (zone 6)'

How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere! takes the reader by the hand and guides him or her from the arrival of their plumeria cuttings, plants or seeds to the excitement and joy of their first flowers. 

 Flowering in Chicago - Plumeria 'Mimi's Home Pride'
Mimi's Home Pride

It doesn't stop here but the book guides gardeners thru the aftercare of their beloved plumeria plants including, insect and disease control, guidelines for growing and flowering plumeria plants indoors and much more.

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up I have decided to offer FREE Shipping and Handling for anyone who orders my  'How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!' paperback book. 

Memorial Day not only marks the beginning of summer for many people, but it is
the official beginning of the gardening season. This paperback version of 
'How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!' is a great resource book
for gardeners to have in their gardening library.  It makes a great gift for yourself
or any gardener, but especially if your passion is plumerias.

Please visit Plumeria Plant Care for more information. 

Happy Growing,

Bob Walsh

Step-by-step plumeria book