Prepare Your Hole First!
Dig a hole which is bigger than the root ball. Frangipani Bag Sizes
Make the hole deeper if you plan to put good potting mix to go underneath.
Make the hole shallower if you plan to have the frangipani on a mound (suggested for a location which catches a lot of rain water) and/or you plan to cover the roots or any of the trunk with local soil.
Protecting Frangipani Roots
Even though the roots are no so visible, they are very important. They absorb moisture and nutrients from the soil which give the frangipani its strength. Whether you get a frangipani plant with a few thin roots (from another nursery), get a small solid root ball that’s been recently repotted or you get a solid root ball that’s ready to be repotted, you should do you best not to break any of the roots while transplanting or repotting your frangipani.
When to Repot A Frangipani
Removing a frangipani from a pot or bag is best done with slightly moist soil. If it’s too wet, the heavy soil might cause some of the root ball to fall away and break off. However, some moisture is helpful so the soil sticks together.
If the root ball stays together and none or not many roots are broken or disturbed, frangipanis can be repotted or put into the ground anytime of the year with no noticable affect or risk.
Taking A Frangipani Out Of A Pot
If your frangipani is in a large pot, you should lean the frangipani on a 45 degree angle. Press the side of the pot near the base and keep pressing as you rotate the pot. Gently pull the trunk and tap the pot down. If it doesn’t slide out, press around the side of the pot some more and pull again a little harder.
If your frangipani is in a small pot, hold the plant upside down and pull the pot up. Pressing around the pot beforehand, especially the base, will make the root ball come out easier.
Taking A Frangipani Out Of A Bag
Frangipani root balls don’t slide out of bags as easy. To improve your chances of keeping the root ball together, it’s best to cut the bag with a knife. To be extra cautious, you can cut and remove the base of the bag and leave the rest of the bag around the root ball until the frangipani tree is perfectly positioned in its new hole. Remember to lift the tree by holding the trunk and don’t pull up on the bag handles until you’re ready to backfill the hole.
(We usually email an attachment to customers be delivery with step by step instructions and photos to better explain this process)
Positioning Your Frangipani In The Hole
Make sure you have your frangipani tree rotated to show off its best side. If possible, you should have the trunk vertical and the canopy balanced over the base of the trunk. If it’s not possible to do both, you’ll need to consider both and find a compromise. Compare the height of the top of the roots with the surrounding land. If your frangipani tree needs to be raised, lowered or straightened, you might need to take it out of the hole, backfill and try again.
Water After Transplanting
Like most plants, roots recover much better if they are soaked in water. Generally speaking, the dryer the root ball and the more the roots are disturbed, the more you should water your frangipani after transplanting it. On the other hand, if your frangipani roots have not been disturbed at all and the root ball is already moist, there’s no need to water.