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Nov 20, 2012 1:36 PM CST
|Just planted a ZUNI this fall, yr photos confirmed this is right variety for me. Thanks for posting! |
Any tips for a first-time crape myrtler, or about Zuni in particular? Any advice would be very much appreciated.
Nov 20, 2012 4:27 PM CST
|The Zuni sure is a beautiful crepe myrtle, and not too big nor too small. It's a great sidewalk cultivar.|
My practice is to give them plenty of good fertilizer in the spring and once they start blooming, I quit fertilizing. As for pruning, in the winter after all the leaves are gone, I only lightly prune away the very small stems. Anything bigger than a pencil I leave. I hope your Zuni grows well for you!
Jan 15, 2013 12:19 AM CST
|Dave, I'm truly sorry for not responding sooner to your thoughtful reply. My family has had a rough few months, but things are finally settling down and getting back to normal. It was nice to learn that the Zuni is so low maintenance! While I love to garden, there's always plenty to keep me busy out there. A fairly carefree tree really fits the ticket. So far it's surviving the winter very well; luckily the temperature has been pretty temperate. Were you affected by all that frigid weather in the SW this past week? |
Was wondering appoximately how long the Zuni stays in bloom? Also, what type of fertilizer do you use on it? Yours obviously is thriving, and I''d like to give mine a good start this spring.
Thanks again Dave for the information and good wishes.
Jan 15, 2013 6:34 AM CST
|We got and are having the cold weather but that is always expected. We are in zone 8 after all and we always get some freezes every year.|
The Zuni blooms for about 3 months for me. I always spread around composted manure around my shrubs and a high N fertilizer early in the spring when it first breaks bud would be a good idea in my opinion.
Jan 15, 2013 3:09 PM CST
|What a nice long blooming season! I may put the composted manure down this week - I read somewhere that it should be put down on top of soil and allowed to break down over the winter but have yet to try it. I never thought about it for my trees tho, I've been using a Bayer Feed and Protect fertilizer every spring for both my decidious' and evergreens.|
As soon as I read your post though, I realized this should have been obvious to me. Duh.
Thanks Dave, I truly appreciate your help... Oh last night I read and loved your article re planning designing... a vegetable garden. I found it to be one of the most comprehensive and innovative article I read on the subjecy in a very long time. I'm looking for to reading some of the other articles you've written.
Jan 15, 2013 3:12 PM CST
|Thanks Dani! I appreciate the kind words.|
Compost right on the surface is generally how I do things for my shrubs. And of course good mulch!
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