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When do you fertilize Crepe Myrtle?

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The optimal time to fertilize crape myrtles is in the early spring, right before new shoots sprout. Fertilizing ensures abundant blooms from summer to autumn.

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In order to properly fertilize crape myrtle, an individual needs to know the soil's pH level. Crape myrtles prefer somewhat acidic soil at pH levels of 6 to 6.5. If the soil is substandard for myrtles, an 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 formula fertilizer is sufficient to encourage positive growth. Use 1/2 pound of fertilizer for every 100 square feet beneath the plant. Be careful not to over fertilize, as this encourages the production of foliage over blooms.

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