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grandmx4
Jul 11, 2015 8:27 PM CST
do I need to remove the very bottom leaves when I pant my best red in a patio planter? should i fetilize at this time?
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plantladylin
Jul 13, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Hi grandmx4! I have a small Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame') Also known as 'Best Red' growing in a container and I never trimmed any branches or leaves when I planted it last August/September. I can't offer advice on fertilizing because I'm really bad about feeding my plants. *Blush* Hopefully someone else who grows this beauty will pop in with suggestions regarding the fertilizer.
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orchidgal
Jul 13, 2015 10:12 PM CST
I have one that I planted early last summer. I don't recall giving it fertilizer then, but this year I have sprinkled Osmacote around the base; and a few days ago I sprayed with some liquid seaweed. I also just cut the seeds off and hopefully I will get another flush of gorgeous flowers. I live close to the ocean, but so far the salt air doesn't seem to have affected it in any way.
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2015 7:05 AM CST
@orchidgal Elfie, that is gorgeous! You should add that pretty photo to the database!

I really need to think about feeding mine, it hasn't bloomed yet this year but the huge Crepe's in the ground around the neighborhood are just popping into bloom ... a bit late this year for some reason.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 14, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Somewhere I read that we shouldn't fertilze crepe myrtles , that it makes all that food go into growing leaves and not flowers? Anyone?
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Crepe Myrtle blooms on new growth and that they are heavy feeders (an all purpose like 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 fertilizer works well) but I'm just really lazy when it comes to feeding any of my plants. *Blush*

Some good Crepe Myrtle information here: http://www.crapemyrtle.com/fertilizing.html
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orchidgal
Jul 15, 2015 9:04 PM CST
Thanks Lin -- I think the photo is in the data base -- I'll have to check.
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plantladylin
Jul 16, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Elfie, I don't see a photo of your Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame') (A/K/A 'Best Red') in the database yet.
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orchidgal
Jul 18, 2015 10:11 PM CST
It's under Black Diamond, Best Red.
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dave
Jul 19, 2015 6:50 AM CST

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Your photo is posted on:

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Black Diamond® Mystic Magenta™)

That's not 'Best Red' but 'Mystic Magenta'.
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froggardener
Jul 19, 2015 7:37 AM CST
@Dave, mine is too, I just checked even though, I re-entered Crimson Red twice.
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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Jolana, Confused When I check your profile page I don't see that you've uploaded any images to the database.
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froggardener
Jul 19, 2015 3:17 PM CST
Are we supposed to? Lol
I would be glad to
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dave
Jul 19, 2015 4:00 PM CST

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You don't have to but it sure is fun. Smiling
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froggardener
Jul 19, 2015 5:58 PM CST
Okay, thanks for letting me know
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orchidgal
Jul 19, 2015 9:20 PM CST
dave said:Your photo is posted on:

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Black Diamond® Mystic Magenta™)

That's not 'Best Red' but 'Mystic Magenta'.


Sorry -- my mistake. Thanks for the reminder.
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