The Q&A Archives: Growing Crape Myrtle

Question: What do I need to know about growing crape myrtle and should I plant it in the ground or in a container?

Answer: Crape myrtles like well-drained soil in full sun with good air circulation. They don't need a rich soil; in fact, they bloom most profusely in soil rather low in nutrients. They don't, however, grow well in excessively dry soil, which can be accommodated by regular watering. I would plant the tree in the ground instead of in a container, which dries out much more quickly.

Crape myrtles don't transplant well, so be sure to keep as much of the root ball intact as possible when planting. Good luck.

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