Planting Crape Myrtle Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Redwood City, CA
Question by janw32
June 19, 2002
Last week I purchased a Seminole Crape Myrtle tree for my front lawn area. It's planted, but I wasn't sure if I should take off the plastic that is surrounding the lower part of the trunk and support pole. Also, should I leave the trunk attached to the support pole indefinately?

Thank you for your reply. Sorry if these are "dumb" questions.


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Answer from NGA
June 19, 2002

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There are no dumb questions, so don't be afraid to ask! The plastic wrap is designed to protect tree trunks during shipment. Now that your tree has been safely transported and planted, the plastic around the trunk of your tree should be removed. If you leave it on it will only hold in heat, provide a haven for insects, and keep moisture trapped against the trunk. As for staking, some trees need a little support as they're becoming established, and others don't. If your Crape Myrtle seems to be straight and secure in its new home, it won't require staking. If it's planted in a windy area, or seems to be listing to one side, by all means stake it upright. If you do stake your tree, tie it gently to the supports and check regularly to make sure the ties aren't cutting into the bark. Stakes should be removed in a year or two, after the roots of the tree become firmly establshed in the ground. Best wishes with your landscape!

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