Q. The plumeria in my north-facing window has never bloomed. How can I encourage it to flower?

Also, what houseplants are appropriate for a home with northern exposure?


Plumeria (frangipani) is a fragrant tropical plant native to the Caribbean. It needs lots and lots of direct sunlight--at least six hours a day--to grow successfully. Unfortunately, a north-facing window in the New York area just doesn't provide the light your plant requires.

For your plant to flower, you would need to use plant lights to recreate the bright, sunny environment in which Plumeria thrives. Alternatively, you can replace your plant with one better adapted to the lower-light conditions of your window.

For some ideas for plants better suited to your conditions, consult the University of Vermont Extensions's Low Light Houseplants and Sheridan Nurseries' House Plants for Low Light.


For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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