The Q&A Archives: Crape myrtle tree

Question: I have a crape myrtle that is over 20 feet tall, I did not have much time for my garden or my yard for that matter last year, and when I went out to tackle the job, I found another Crape about 5 feet tall, I dug it up , it did not have a root ball, but one long root with about 12 3

Answer: What you've done is just fine. As long as the root system remained intact during the move and transplant, there is no reason to be concerned that the new tree might not make it. I would continue to give it good care (but be careful not to overwater). After it has been in the ground for 2-3 weeks, gradually start weaning it from so much water. You want to water deeply to encourage a deep root system, but you don't want to water so frequently that you drive all the oxygen out of the soil; roots need oxygen as well as moisture. Water every 3-4 days; after a couple of weeks, water every 4-5 days until you eventually are watering deeply only once a week. Your new crape myrtle should thrive under your good care.


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