The Q&A Archives: Crape Myrtle

Question: This spring I planted a crape myrtle, approximately 20 inches or so tall. It has grown extremely well in the short time since I planted it, at least doubling in its size and is now in full bloom. My problem is that when it rains it gets so heavy that it droops to the ground. It does come back up after it dries, but can this eventually cause permanent damage to the branches?

Answer: This would not hurt the branch unless it causes it to split or crack. Usually these plants are stiffly upright and do not flop unduly except possibly right at the tips where the blooms are. Weak growth could be caused by overfertilizing, so make sure you are not oversupplying the plant with excess nitrogen. These plants are relatively heavy feeders but do not exceed label rates if you apply a fertilizer. Also, as the plant matures it should become more woody and thus stiffer. Enjoy your crepe myrtle!

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