While the Moragne hybrids are limited in availability outside of Hawaii, seeds and cuttings of many other plumerias can be obtained through various mail-order catalogs and botanical gardens. Visitors to Hawaii often carry home cuttings of plumeria to remind them of their tropical vacations. The University of Hawaii receives many inquires about caring for these plants when they are taken to more northern climates. It is important to remember that wild plumerias were found in hot, dry areas, often in poor soil, and on rocky limestone cliffs. While they respond readily to water and fertilizer, an overabundance of either tends to cause leggy growth with few flower clusters. Another problem with overwatering is loss of roots due to lack of air in the growing medium. For container culture, a well-drained medium is very important, and water should be applied only when the soil seems dry.
Daily till September 3rd on the cornor or Manchester and El Camino Real in Encinitas, Southern California
The Plumeria Farms Tent Event has ended. See you next summer!
3615 Manchester Avenue, on the corner of Manchester and El Camino Real, at the running man statue and cactus lot across from the San Elijo Lagoon and Encinitas Country Day, just exit I-5 and head east, you'll see us on the right.
Creating your own plumeria collection can be fun and exciting! You can start plumerias from seeds, cuttings, and grafts, and you can buy plumerias as established trees. There are so many beautiful species and cultivars available, and many of them are named and registered with the International Plumeria Society (PSA). However, there are many beautiful plumeria cultivars which aren’t named and registered, and that makes them no less beautiful, significant, or enjoyable. Colorful and striking plumerias are continuously being discovered and created in Thailand, India, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, and here in the United States among other places. These undiscovered and created plumeria flowers are often plumeria seedlings.
Of all the things that I grow, plumerias have to be one of my favorite trees for beauty, color, fragrance, and ease of growing. I have only been growing plumerias for a couple of years now, and so there are others that are much more qualified to impart wisdom concerning their care. I can, however, share with you my limited growing experience with them in my climate.
Richard Eggenberger (Narad): A Lifetime with Plumeria This tropical plant specialist has spent "A Lifetime with Plumeria" and is most well known for his book, The Handbook on Plumeria Culture, written with his wife Mary Helen in 1985. To many others, he is also the past president of the PSA (Plumeria Society of America) or one of the original owners of Plumeria People in Texas.
This is a complete transcription of his message to the Southern California Plumeria Society in 2005.
Cali loved people, animals, nature and plumeria flowers.
On White Ashes
(excerpts from translation by Rennyo Shonin, 1410-1499)
In silently contemplating the transient nature of human existence,
nothing is more fragile and fleeting in this world than the life of man. Life passes swiftly.
Whether I go before others, or others go before me, whether it be today or tomorrow, who is to know? Though in the morning we may have radiant health, in the evening we may return to white ashes. When the winds of impermanence blow, our eyes are closed forever.
The fragile nature of human existence underlies both the young and the old. Therefore, in by understanding the meaning of death, we come to appreciate the meaning of this life, which is to be treasured because it is unrepeatable. By nature of true compassion, let us realize the unexcelled value of this existence, and let us live together with gratitude in our hearts.
Facts about Cali:
Cali was conceived in Hawaii on the island of Maui on Nov 22nd, 2001.
Cali was born in a natural, underwater home birth.
Cali's first expression was to stick her tongue out at mom.
She went out on her first stroll shopping the very next day.
Cali loved eating fiber, especially papa's business cards.
She also loved drawing on mama's crossword puzzles in the mornings, before snacking on the paper itself.
Cali loved the water and the outdoors; she loved taking baths, showers, and visiting the beach, or just finding a stream of water to hold a flower under to watch the petals bend back from the waters streaming pressure.
She was an amazingly happy baby, constantly laughing, clapping and smiling. We called her "Little Buddha" because she had the spirit of a happy little Buddha, taking shear delight in every waking moment's offer of discovery.
She loved the piano and played songs often. Cali was a great explorer, and learned early to crawl, and go up and down the stairs. She loved playing with the pets, Ziggy our Jack Russell Terrier was very protective of Cali, especially with strangers.