Transplanting Osmanthus Fragrans and Michelia Figo

krbeckett(WV Zone 6)April 23, 2005

Both of these plants arrived today and I'm really excited. They were both orginally in 1 Gallon containers and now that they are here, I need to put them into a container and I'm not sure what size container to start them out in ..

They were shipped with dirt around their roots and they are each just about a foot tall...

Any suggestions as to what kind of container to start them out in and what type of soil to put in the containers?

I have Miracle Grow Potting soil already, but I'm not sure if something else needs to be there.

I'll be checking the web but thought I would post here for someone who may have experience.

Thanks

Kendra

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longriver(SF Bay Area)

I have both. To me, they are tough as weeds. Normal potting soil, a pinch of fertilizer, water and proper sunlight will keep them happy.
Osmanthus would develop massive root in pot in a few years.The best place to plant it is in the ground.

I do not care too much about the fragrance of M. figo. I gave it away last year.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2005 at 2:33AM
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anyaperfumer(10b)

Do you know if osmanthus will grow in South Florida? I seem to remember that it needs a colder climate/less humidty.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 10:50AM
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longriver(SF Bay Area)

AnyaPerfurmer:

I will try my best to find out the information about suitable location for planting Os Fragrans. It may grow in south Florida. You might have to try it. Because Osmanthus is the Regional Flower for the region of Tainan, south of Taiwan. The area is very warm, no frost and very wet and humid.
Most popular and wild Os grow along Yangtze River. It has some snow and ice in Winter and hot in summer. Os will not stand the bitter cold. In Forbidden City and Summer Palace of Beijiang, There are about three hundreds of Osmanthus planted in large pots. They move the pots to the sheltered area during Winter time.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 11:12PM
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Clare_CA

Kendra, plant them in pots slightly bigger than the rootball. Give them a couple of inches of soil to grow into but no more than that. Any good potting soil with good drainage will do.

Anya, yes, it will do fine in South Florida. I grow it here in the same Zone that you are in. Both are hardy in colder zones, but they don't need a cooler climate to thrive.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 6:45PM
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