crep myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Phenix City, Al
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Question by bowiehayterj
July 9, 2010
It is now in July and my crep myrtles are not blooming. Others in my neighborhood are in full bloom in all colors. Mine is red.

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
Crepe myrtles flower on the new growth of the season so pruning in April should produce flowers and pruning again when the flowers are spent should provide a second flush of blooms. You didn't say how old your tree is - perhaps it's younger than the others in the neighborhood? If so, patience may be all that is needed. If not, try pruning it back a bit to see if that doesn't prompt new growth and flowers. Be careful not to overfertilize your tree - too much nitrogen can encourage lots of green growth but at the expense of flowers. Hope you tree flowers later this summer.

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