How often should crape myrtles be pruned? - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by virtualily
February 16, 2007
I read on your Q&A that crape myrtles should be pruned in late winter for spring blossoms and separately that it should be pruned mid-late spring for summer blossoms. Should they be pruned twice in a year? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
February 16, 2007
Pruning isn't required to make crape myrtles bloom, but pruning can increase the blooming of a crape myrtle. Crape myrtles bloom on new wood; allowing them to flower and then pruning them back will encourage new wood, and thus a second flush of blooms. Gardeners who prune in winter are anticipating new growth in the spring (with accompanying flowers). Those who prune again in late spring are counting on additional new growth (and new blooms in the summer). Hope this clarifies things for you!

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