Crapemyrtle Care Guide 2018

PLANTING SITE

  • Planting your crapemyrtle in the proper site will promote flowering, control mildew, and avoid winter damage.
  • Thrives in sun and heat, provided adequate moisture is available
  • A slightly elevated position will ensure good air movement, which will alleviate any serious mildew
  • Well drained
  • Slightly elevated
  • Sunny exposure (6 hours)

SOIL

  • Grows best in reasonably good soil comprised of heavy loam to clay.
  • Nutrient requirements are minimal but a light application of 5-10-5 fertilizer in early spring is beneficial
  • Using mulch made with manure or organic material in the fall will help to retain moisture and provide protection again root freezing

WATERING

  • It is particularly important to thoroughly soak recently planted trees.
  • Maintain the moisture content of the soil throughout the first two seasons
  • Periodic deep watering with a hose is necessary during periods of growth, flowering and late summer
  • Do not use sprinklers; foliage should be kept dry
  • No excessive watering in the fall; too much water will encourage fall growth rather than beginning to harden off and get ready for winter
  • Very drought tolerant once established

PRUNING

  • Best in spring, just as they leaf out. Flowers are borne on the current season’s growth.
  • No autumn or late winter pruning
  • All crapemyrtles will produce recurrent blooms if the plants are not permitted to develop seed. This means removal of spent blooms. On very large trees, removal of very large clusters may be difficult; thus, pruning is restricted to thinning lower trunks and some heading back each year to promote new wood and flowers.

REMEMBER!

  • Crapemyrtles enhance the landscape throughout many seasons
  • Spectacular long-lasting summer blooms
  • Striking fall leaf color
  • Unique bark texture and color will add grace to your winter landscape

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