Crape Myrtle Deadheading - Knowledgebase Question

Inglis, Fl
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Question by amazingh20
May 27, 2010
If I cut the faded and dead blooms from a crape myrtle, will it produce new growth and new flower bunchs?

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Answer from NGA
May 27, 2010
Glad you've found our advice helpful! Yes, if you prune the faded flowers from your crape myrtle, you'll most likely get a second flush of blooms later this summer. Crape myrtle flowers on new growth. Pruning yours back by cutting just behind the current flowers will encourage new growth which almost always includes new flower buds. Go ahead and prune yours back. Best wishes with your crape myrtle.

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