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
Sunny exposure (6 hours)
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
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
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.
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