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September 2011

QuestionI have a plumeria tree. It is now over 5' tall and I moved it to Arkansas with me six years ago from California. I bring the plumeria in every winter, and so far it has done great. The problem is now it has outgrown the pot that it's in. When would be the best time to try to repot the plant? In a few weeks it will start to go dormant and lose all of its leaves. Should I repot before or after?


AnswerI think it would be easier on you and the plant to repot when you move it back outdoors next spring. Some folks even store their plumeria bare-root—simply pull it out of the soil, let dry and store in protected, cool, dry place. Think about those chunks of stems you can buy with no roots in Hawaii, and then they magically grow, once potted.

September 2010

QuestionI saw this plant at a hotel in Aiken, South Carolina and I would like to know what it is and if it would do well in the Little Rock area? The climates seem to be comparable.


AnswerIt is a cycad commonly called Sago palm: Cycas revoluta. It has been overwintering in central Arkansas, but it often freezes back to the ground and then starts over in the spring. Last year with all the rain we had, and colder than normal winter, we did lose some. Drainage is critical. If you want them to start large each season, then they can be brought inside or in a garage for overwintering.

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