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Sep 14, 2016 7:41 PM CST
I live in climate zone 5B but just couldn't resist purchasing a red rocket crape Myrtle. It has done beautifully through the summer, but can anybody advise me as how to try to protect it in the winter months to come?
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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Sep 14, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Just put down a thick layer of mulch and it will come back next year unless we have a really harsh winter. It will die back to the ground most likely but will come back if you give it a nice thick layer of shredded leaves or wood mulch.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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Sep 15, 2016 5:02 PM CST
I would cover it in a BIG pile of leaves after it defoliates but before it gets really cold at night. It might stay alive higher up that way.
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