The Q&A Archives: New Crape Myrtle Wilting

Question: Two weeks ago I put in a new flower bed with a red crape myrtle and two fountain grass plants, plus some annuals. Since they are new, none of them really look great yet, but my crepe myrtle looks the worst. The leaves are turning yellow at the bottom and falling off, and it looks like it's wilting. I added commercial potting soil at planting time. Do you know what is wrong?

Answer: Based on your description I would suspect the plant is undergoing transplant stress. Make sure the soil is kept evenly moist but not sopping wet, and that the potting soil immediately around the roots is being watered adequately. Sometimes potting soil will dry out faster than the native soil and this can cause water stress. Keep in mind that overwatering can be as detrimental as underwatering. Also look at the foliage carefully for signs of insect problems and/or fungal problems.

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