crape myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Waretown, Ne
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Question by jikron
September 9, 2010
Had a crape myrtle put in two falls ago. It has yet to bloom. What can I do this fall to help it out?

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2010
It's not unusual for a landscape tree to take a full year to establish and begin to perform well so while you've missed the flowers this year, the root system has been really busy! Crape myrtles flower on the new growth of the season so there's nothing you need to do this fall but early next spring you can prune your tree to encourage lots of new (and hopefully flowering) growth. When the flowers have faded you can prune your tree back again and it will develop a second flush of flowers that you can enjoy later in the summer. Best wishes with your crape myrtle.

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