The Q&A Archives: Replanting Crepe Myrtle

Question: I have a Crepe Myrtle tree that is around five years old hasn't grown very well. I want to replant this tree but don't know when or how.

Answer: It's easiest on plants if they're moved in the spring or fall months, rather than during the heat of summer. Choose the location and dig the hole before digging up your Crepe Myrtle. Make the hole twice the size of the root mass so you can loosen the soil all around. Then place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil so it's at the same level it was growing before. Be sure to spread the roots out as you plant it, and tamp the soil down as you refil the hole. Finally, build a basin on the soil surface so you can add water directly over the roots. Then water well, and remember to supply about an inch of water per week until the tree becomes established in its new home. This can take up to a year. (You'll know the roots are growing well when you see new top growth.)

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