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Save Those Tall Crepe Myrtle Cuttings for Goodness Stakes!

By DavidofDeLand
March 23, 2014

Save those tall Crepe Myrtle stalks when you trim them back now!!! I bundle them and dry them in the rafters in my old garage. Crepe Myrtle dries into a very hard wood indeed and the stakes can be used for trellises and such and will last a couple of years.

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 22, 2014 8:19 PM CST
My daughter used some fresh cut crepe myrtle sticks to mark small plants so the lawn mower would not accidentally run over them. A few weeks later - there was a 'miracle tree' which sprouted from one of the cuttings. I will tell her to allow the sticks to dry before using them to mark plants again, thanks for the tip.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 23, 2014 4:37 AM CST
I have never cut my larger crape myrtles back, only limbed them up a little. Never thought to reuse them, but that sounds like a great idea. I guess there are probably other large shrubs that this would work with too. It's always nice to have a few good sticks around to stake something up or use as a plant marker like Greene's daughter did.
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critterologist
Mar 25, 2014 11:02 AM CST
My crooked willow had major wind damage... As I clean up those branches, I plan to use them as a pea fence... and I'll be delighted if some of them root, so I can share one of my favorite trees!
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