Crape Myrtles - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by NugentLH12
February 6, 2000
I need informataion on Crape Myrtles. When is the time to transplant and prune?

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2000
Crape myrtles need very little pruning and most pruning is only done for the sake of the owner's aesthetic preferences. Far too many crapes are butchered with severe, "flat-top" pruning. It is better to maintain a natural form by thinning out crowded growth. Rather than leave the blunt stubs by severly flat-topping a crape, thin growth by removing a few selected branches where they join another branch.

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Transplanting is less stressful on a plant if it's moved during the cool spring or autumn. Now's a good time to transplant your crape myrtle.
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