Three years ago we wanted to bring a little bit of Hawaii home with us. What better way than to grow a plumeria, the one that they use for all of those beautiful leis that greet tourists and the Hawaiian ladies wear behind their ears. (I never could get it straight, left side=available, right side=taken, or the other way around?) Anyway, we started out with a six inch stick of plumeria and lovingly placed it in a pot of soil. There were no leaves and no roots, nothing to indicate that it would grow at all. We were skeptical.Audrey found a place in the living room window and three weeks later it started to grow, quickly. Big shiny new leaves appeared and it soon was about 18 inches tall. As long as I kept it watered it was happy. Then in the fall the leaves began to drop and it turned into a longer stick with just one or two leaves at the top. Realizing that this plant must be deciduous I just left it there and continued watering. Spring came and it started to grow again, this time, FAST! Not only that, but an amazing thing happened, Audrey bloomed! (I think it had something to do with the bees in the grill... another post...) For three months that plant produced one amazing white blossom after another, filling the room with luscious scents and fond memories of Kauai. Once again, the leaves all dropped and because of the large size I had to move it to a corner in the bedroom. This year it didn't bloom but it doubled in size and limbs. Audrey is now an amazing 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall. With winter approaching the leaves are yellowing and will soon start littering my carpet.
Like Seymour in the Little Shop of Horrors, I have grown attached to Audrey and don't know what to do about it. The options are 1)to discard it with the rest of the fall prunings, 2)let it grow one more year and hope that it doesn't completely take over the bedroom, 3) cut it to pieces, thereby creating Audreys III, IV etc. or 4) board that plane and go get a new six inch cutting.
Any suggestions from my kama'aina friends for this confused haole about what to do with this tree? Talk story. Mahalo.
Note: If you are unfamiliar with the musical Little Shop of Horrors click on the link in the first line to see a clip.