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May 17, 2015 8:39 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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For 2 seasons my potted plumeria seemed to do just fine. But after these past weeks of nothing but rain, I noticed 2 are not draining properly. I re-drilled the holes in the bottoms of the pots. But the soil seemed heavy and wet. ONe is still not draining at all! What is the proper way to repot them? Do I get rid of ALL the soil and only replace what I can remove around then? Or bare-root them giving them all the new clean soil to start over. One tree is 4 feet tall. The other is about 6 feet tall.
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May 17, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Cheryl, those should not be all that hard to re-pot. I just lay the pot on its side and hit it firmly with my palm, rotating the pot as I continue to pound the pot. Finally, the plant and soil (root ball) will slip from the pot. I will then use my fingers to remove as much of the potting soil as possible. Depending on the root ball, you may need to re-pot into a larger pot. When re-potting, particularly when I don't think I am getting much drainage, I replace pretty much all the soil. You really want your soil to be well-draining.
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May 17, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I always thought the shorter one, the Pink pudica was doing well since it always blew over in a big wind , meaning the soil was not heavy at all, and it produced beautiful flowers. Maybe it's a bit top heavy but I can't believe the soil is so soggy and heavy now! Of course I want the soil to be light and drain properly as my others do.. I wonder who ate all my perlite??? Rolling on the floor laughing
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