Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

albuquerque, NM
Question by terrapin621
January 12, 2011
When can I prune my crape myrtle? It's getting too big and I don't know if I should prune it now or wait until this summer. thanks.


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Answer from NGA
January 12, 2011

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Crape myrtle flowers on the new growth of the season, so you can prune plants any time during the late winter or early spring before growth begins without loss of flower buds. Avoid pruning in early fall before the first frost, because pruning forces new growth and keeps the plant from going dormant. Severe freezes can kill the plant if it is not fully dormant. Pruning results in an abundance of new shoots that form flowers. It also reduces the amount of vegetative growth and funnels the energy of the plant into new growth and flowers.

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