Harker Heights, Te
|My crepe myrtle tree got powdery mildew two seasons ago and did not bloom for the past two summers until the very end of the summer and then very little. The mildew has been treated and the tree has leafed out and looks good. Anything else I should do?
|Answer from NGA
May 1, 2010
|Sounds like you're doing all you can. Crepe myrtle blooms on new growth so pruning yours back in the early spring and a second time after its normal bloom period will encourage even more new growth and a second flush of blooms a few weeks later. Pruning will also open it up to better air circulation and more sunshine, and it will remove the disease pathogens, as well. Even though your tree has leafed out you can prune it back in mid-May. With any luck it will bloom for you later this summer. Hope so!
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