Discover the world of Frangipani, a tropical plant famed for its stunning flowers and integral to Polynesian culture. Their enchanting blooms do more than just brighten a room; they bring forth tough, long, and thin follicles that house small seeds, which are as fascinating as the plant itself.
Frangipani Seeds and Blooms
The captivating Frangipani flowers birth pairs of fruit follicles after blooming. These are not just your typical pods, they coexist with fresh and edible flowers, making them a sight to behold. These pods contain the much sought-after Frangipani seeds, which can only be released after an arduous wait of 9 months.
Only pollinated flowers have the honor of producing seed pods, and faded flowers should be allowed to remain on the stems, a necessary step for seeds to form. These pods, which usually come in pairs, open after the long wait, dispersing as many as a hundred seeds. But don't hold your breath, it might be several years before the plant rewards your patience with the first bloom after initial seeding.
Nurturing Your Frangipani
Replicating two seasons, dry and humid, is key to making your Frangipani bloom. Ensure the temperature doesn't dip below 5°C, and place the plant in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. The soil, rich and well-drained, plays a significant role as well.
- Watering: It's vital for the growth of your Frangipani. In winter, it should be minimal, allowing the soil to dry fully before the next watering. Come spring, increase the watering frequency gradually, and by summer, it should be at its highest.
- Soil: Clay balls at the bottom of the pot improve the drainage, and adding sand to the potting soil also helps with this.
Patience and care will reward you with the stunning beauty of the Frangipani, their vibrant flowers, and their intricate seed pods.