The Q&A Archives: Crape Myrtle

Question: I planted my Crape Myrtle's 3 years ago and they have not bloomed. Is there anything you could suggest for me to do to get them to bloom?

Answer: There are only a few reasons for non-blooming in crape myrtles. (1) too much shade (it needs full sun to flower well); (2) weak growth (it flowers on new wood, so fertilize and water all through the growing season); (3) spring frost injury may prevent flowering; and (4) excess fertilization (produces all vegetative growth and no flowering). If many crape myrtles in your area are refusing to bloom this year, I'd suspect it is weather related. The trees should bloom on season next year - providing there's not a late frost!

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