Crepe myrtle trees are very popular in the southern United States. They are not difficult to grow or care for as long as the conditions are right. The trees require a lot of light, well-drained soil, good fertilizer and frequent watering. Excessive pruning should be avoided.Continue Reading
Crepe myrtle plants thrive in sunlight. They are unlikely to produce blooms in the shade.
Well-draining soil prevents the plant from getting too much water, while also keeping pests at bay. Gardening Know How recommends using soil with a pH between 5.0 and 6.5. Mulch the soil to discourage weeds and preserve moisture.
Give the plant plenty of water until the roots are mature. Developed crepe myrtle trees are drought tolerant, so frequent watering is unnecessary.
Southern Living recommends using Vigoro Starter Fertilizer, Schultz Starter Plus Transplanting Solution or a similar selection.
Crepe myrtle plants are prone to damage from powdery mildew and sooty mold. Spray infected plants with an organic spray.
Crepe myrtle plants are targeted by aphids and other insects. Spray both sides of the plant's leaves with an insecticidal soap or with neem oil.
To preserve the integrity of the plant's shape, keep trimming and branch removal to a minimum.
The best time to plant crepe myrtles in Southeast Oklahoma is late fall or early spring. Crepe myrtles can also be planted in the summer if mulch is used to help keep moisture in and weeds down. Crepe myrtle has multiple spellings, including crape myrtle, crapemyrtle and crepemyrtles.Full Answer >
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