The Q&A Archives: Non Blooming Crepe Myrtle

Question: A crepe myrtle (with pink flowers when purchased) 3 years ago, has not flowered since it was planted. The shrub/tree is about 4 feet tall, planted in the sun, and looks healthy. How can I encourage it to produce flowers? Maryland is zone 7.

Answer: Crepe myrtle blooms on new growth of the season, so pruning it in spring can help stimulate blooming wood. Make sure it has adequate fertility but do not overfertilize it. Also, full sun is really needed for crape myrtle to bloom its best. I would have expected your plant to be larger by now, so you might want to make sure it has rooted properly into the surrounding soil.

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