Rootbound Michelia Figo and Osmanthus Fragrans
First, my vent (I apologize)
I bought these two items from member newlifenursery1dotnet on ebay. After being shipped last Monday, July 7th, they arrived at the local Fedex office Saturday, where they sat over the weekend. They were delivered yesterday.
Although the plants were large and alive, they were obviously in pots they long outgrew. Seller claims they were 3 gal (O. Fragrans) and 1.5 gal (M. Figo) and had the audacity to ask me if I even knew what rootbound is and how these plants are so large if they were in pot sizes not as advertized!
Forgive me if I am incorrect, but if the roots are circled around the entire ball, tangled, and matted, not to mention in the SHAPE of a pot (these plants did not come with their pots, they came out of their pots, dirt removed, except for in the center, where the dirt couldn't be removed because the roots were tangled around the dirt ball) does this mean anything OTHER than rootbound? And if the plants were indeed rootbound, that means they took up the entire diameter of their pots, which means the diameter for the top of the root system on a 3 gallon would not be 6 3/4 inches, and the entire length of the root system from top to bottom of pot would not be 7 1/4 inches! And a 1.5 gallon pot would not be 4 3/4 inches in top diameter and 5 1/4 inches in length of root system!
The seller also tried to point out that the O. Fragrans was 3 feet tall, how could it be growing in anything other than a 3 gallon pot? And the M. Figo was 2 feet tall, how could it grow in anything other than a 1.5 gallon pot? I hope I was thorough in explaining it is easy to cram a big plant into a small container and have it grow okay for awhile, but eventually, it will suffer.
The plants were large, but they were DRY. Bone dry. The roots were wrapped in newspaper that was supposedly moist (at one point they may have been, but shipping a large plant like that via ground IN THE SUMMER is not wise and I would have gladly paid extra for 2 day or overnight, had that been an option) and the newspaper was set in a bag. Styrofoam peanuts (I HATE THOSE) were used as buffer material.
I gave the seller a neutral rating, just stating the plants were rootbound and did not appear as sized.
I got the nasty message later, questioning my knowledge.
Ok, now to my issue...I am new to M. Figo and O. Fragrans. Can I apply the normal solution to rootbound plants (numerous downward cuts to the root system) to these two plants, or should I do a different method?