crepe myrtle (spelled correctly?) - Knowledgebase Question

stafford, Te
Question by labebee1
June 30, 2010
it's not leaf and growing but no blooms. What's missing? Not love!

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


If your crepe myrtle is otherwise healthy, it may yet bloom. You didn't mention if it was a recent transplant, but if so, it's probably gearing up to bloom! Most varieties start blooming mid-summer (July) into fall. I've included some basic care info to keep your plant healthy. Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, keeping mulch a few inches away from the tree trunk. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune back weak, spindly growth in spring to encourage better flowering. Prune off dead, diseased, and broken branches anytime.

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