A Gardener’s Guide to Plumeria Pudica
The Plumeria Pudica, or Bridal Bouquet as it is commonly called, is a relatively new plant to be developed. Although it is new to gardeners and flower enthusiasts, this plant has already won its fair share of awards and accolades, including the 2007 Plant of the Year award at the National Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Florida.
If you are interested in considering the addition of the Plumeria Pudica to your garden or landscape, plenty of information is listed below that will give you a good idea of what to expect and the level of care that is required for this plant.
Plumeria Pudica – A General Description
The Bridal Bouquet plant is an extremely attractive addition to almost any landscaping plan. Growing to be up to 15 feet in height, this plant provides year round beauty. Its blooms are incredibly pretty, being a stark white shade with a bright yellow throat. Although most plumerias have an easily recognizable fragrance, the Bridal Bouquet does not.
To make up for its lack of smell, however, this particular tropical plant remains green year round, although it is not technically an evergreen. Its leaves are peculiarly shaped, resembling a fiddle or spoon, depending on the viewer. While it will certainly not bloom in the winter time, many owners, particularly those living in desert climes, are very pleased with the quality of greenery that it shows, since plants in the desert tend to change to an unattractive brown.
Plumeria Pudica is well-known for its excessively long blooming period. In most places this period lasts upwards of 200 days per year, generally starting April. This period can be elongated, however, if winter frosts are not present and the plant is pampered a bit. Some owners claim that it blooms virtually all year long in their region.
If you live in an area that gets winter frost, you will be happy to know that the frost generally does not harm this plant. Instead, it enters a state of hibernation and will reawaken the following April with glorious blooms bursting forth from its stems.
These plants are well-suited for almost any type of decoration. They are quite common as private landscaping additions in Florida and the Caribbean. Their use does not stop there, though. Their height and magnitude makes them excellent candidates for city planning and street lining as well. Some people even like to keep them in containers and bring them inside during cooler months, and keep them on their porches in the summer. The possibilities are literally endless when it comes to this plant.
Plant Care and Issues
For the most part, the Bridal Bouquet requires little or no special care once it reaches maturity. Some people prefer to keep it pruned and manicured, encouraging and exploiting its natural umbrella shape. In actuality, pruning can be completely ignored once the tree reaches a decent height.
All you should really focus on is making sure that it has the proper water amounts and levels. While this plant does well in dry areas and during sudden droughts, it truly thrives when it is pampered. Making sure that proper nutrients are given and that it has enough water will reward you with bigger, fuller blooms and stronger hardier leaves.
Although this plant is not commonly susceptible to disease, there are a couple of pests that may find your Bridal Bouquet too good to pass up. Mealy bugs may occasionally be a problem, but they are easily dealt with, particularly if you are a fan of ladybugs. In addition to these bugs, the frangipani caterpillar is also an occasional visitor that will delight in eating your leaves. About the size of an adult finger, these caterpillars are easily spotted and can be picked up by hand, and removed from your plant before too much damage occurs.