Crape Myrtle planting time - Knowledgebase Question

Question by charajoy
June 18, 2010
I am in Austin and would like to plant more c. myrtles. Is it too hot now to plant - 97 degrees? or should I wait until a particular month to plant?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2010


The cooler months of fall, spring or winter are best for planting. If you plant now the heat will stress your crape myrtle so you'll probably see some wilting and perhaps some dieback. But, if you keep your crape myrtle watered once or twice a week it should establish well and next spring you can prune off any damage. The choice is yours, now that you know what to expect. Best wishes with your new crape myrtle.

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