no flowers on my crepe myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Waldorf, Ma
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Question by RILEYGMA
June 23, 2010
I planted my crepe myrtle last summer and after our hard winter, I cut back some of the branches. Now so far my tree is the only one in the neighborhood with no blossoms. What can I do?

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2010
Crape myrtles bloom on new growth of the season. Typically they bloom early in the spring and if you prune off the dead flowers, a new spurt of growth and additional flowers can be expected in early or mid-summer. I wonder if you pruned it after it developed flower buds but before it actually flowered? Or, it's possible your tree is still trying to become established before it concentrates on flowering. In any event, you can try pruning it back a little now to force new growth and, hopefully, flowers later this season. Hope it blooms right on schedule for you next year.

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