plant and tree care - Knowledgebase Question

hernando, Fl
Question by margolitofla
June 7, 2010
i have approximately ten crape mertles but only two or three bloom, i've had them in the yard for several years what do i need to do to get blooms?

Answer from NGA
June 7, 2010


There are only a few reasons for non-blooming in crape myrtles. (1) too much shade (it needs full sun to flower well); (2) weak growth (it flowers on new wood, so fertilize and water all through the growing season); (3) spring frost injury may prevent flowering; and (4) excess fertilization (produces all vegetative growth and no flowering). If many crape myrtles in your yard are refusing to bloom this year, I'd suspect it is weather related; probably a late frost. Try pruning them next year in the early spring. The new growth it produces should flower for you. Hope it does!

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