Crepe Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, Te
Question by steveclelan
June 3, 2009
My crepe myrtles (one is 14' high, others are smaller, do not bloom. I asked at the HD store and the lady said you usually don't do anything to these since they just plain bloom. They're in lots of sun here in SE Texas. What do I need to do??

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2009


How annoying that they won't bloom! Crape myrtles bloom on the new growth of the season. They bloom in the spring and if you prune them back they will bloom again later in the summer. Although yours haven't been blooming, you can prune them back now and maybe they will set blooms for you later this summer. If not, there's always hope for next spring when they will be a little more mature. Feed with a 5-10-5 or similar fertilizer in amounts as recommended on the label. Best wishes with your crape myrtles!

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