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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:52 pm

I went to the local nursery today looking for a crape myrtle after JIM posted his...i found a pocomoke in a 1.6 gal pot.. it is at my house now so i need some information please.. the name brand that Jim suggested was not there but this one has small leaves,dark green,..the card says zone 6 to 9 temp.- 10 to o far. i am zone 6..what can i do with it now and be safe???? flowers are rosy pink so it says...thank you for information....john

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Post  fiona on Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:57 pm

Sounds like a good find, John. Can you give us a picture of it?

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:05 pm

For now, I'd plant it in the ground. You can cut it back and use the branches as cuttings material -- but only if you think you have time to get them to root. Otherwise take the cuttings next spring, and pot it up in something at that time.

They do suffer fairly severe root work, but I'd still start off with a largish pot.

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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:49 pm

Thank you Fiona,,This is a small tree but i seen Jims and thought i NEEDED one.I will try to get my daughter to post a picture when she comes around...JIM Thanks for the information..here at our house in the ground is a problum sp.sorry..but i can slip it into alarger pot..it is root bound now anyway.. i can prune some i have a small green house 6 ft. by 8 ft to put some of my trees in for winter...thank you very much..john

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Post  bonsaisr on Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:40 am

'Pocomoke' is not plain Lagerstroemia indica. I have its more miniature sibling 'Chickasaw.' I'm a big expert on how to kill them. Exclamation
These are miniature hybrids of L. indica x subcostata var. fauriei, developed over several generations by the US National Arboretum and registered in 1997-99. They are more suited for small bonsai than the standard varieties. Not only do they have smaller leaves, but they bloom on shorter branches. They grow very slowly.
However, there are drawbacks. They are listed for Zone 6 IN THE GROUND, but as container plants they are susceptible to winter dieback. They must be wintered over very carefully. Also, prune the roots very sparingly when you repot. Repot in the spring when the buds swell. The roots must be reduced gradually. If you Google on Pocomoke crape myrtle you will get lots of hits. I believe there is some background information on the National Arboretum web site.
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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:21 pm

Some interesting info on crape myrtle development and culture here:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep256

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg266

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/crapemyrtlefaq2.html

As bonsai:

http://www.bonsaitrees.com/articles.html

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Post  moyogijohn on Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:20 am

THANK you jim and bonsaisr.for this information...the tree i found is small but the large ones they have are expensive...they also have no limbs down low where i would need them for a bonsai.. i will keep trying...thanks john

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Post  biglou13 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:36 pm

pocomoke, im told is more cold hardy than , chiksaw

I have a few chicksaw found some others at local nursery, but i'm considering the very slow growth rate of the dwarfs/minatures (5 feet or less) as opposed to mid sized varieties (<=12 feet)

for shonin the dwarfs are fine, but take forever to put on any caliper for anything larger, with mid sized crepe's they grow faster and leaves reduce to appropriate proportion

any experience with larger crepes like victor, or prairie lace as opposed to popular dwarfs chicksaw, pocomoke

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:38 pm

If you have a decent nursery near you it is possible to find even dwarf crape myrtle with decent trunks and taper. This is "Cherry Dazzle." I bought it as a 2-foot plant last fall, and have been paring away at it ever sine. It stands 10 inches from the over-large pot now, and probably will be a couple of inches shorter when I'm "done."


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Post  moyogijohn on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:49 am

OK JIM, Now i am ashamed to get my daughter to post the tree i got at the nursery.... That tree looks so good to me even if you say you are not finished with it.. all the ones there have too many trunks..you really do a good job with the trees you have.here all the nurserys have about the same things.. have to keep on looking..thanks very much..john

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