Marianne CannonEveryone loves a frangipani

So many gardeners love the sight of flowering frangipanis with their exotic scent, and colourful blooms.  Frangi’s as they’re known, can have a bewitching effect on the collector, admirers and avid gardeners. I’m talking with Anthony Grassi, Coordinator of the Frangipani Society of Australia’s shows.


Frangipani. Image from


Even if you weren’t a collector but went to a frangipani show, you suddenly became one because there are so many colours and cultivars that you just had to have.

Not everyone can grow them though and there are some helpful tips that need to be followed.

Why isn’t my Frangipani flowering?
Frangipanis need six hours of full sunlight to initiate flowering. However, if you have a tree that was grown from seed, then expect to wait a minimum of three years, and sometimes up to 10 years, before it starts to flowers.

Cutting-grown frangipanis will flower in the first year, but not in the second because the tree is putting its energy into establishing a strong root system. Flowering will recommence in the third year.


Frangipani with its fragrant flowers. Image from


Fertilise when the claws first appear in spring with a six months controlled release fertiliser and add granular sulphate of potash. Sudden Impact for roses is also a good alternative.


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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

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