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.
- Provide ample sunlight
Crepe myrtle plants thrive in sunlight. They are unlikely to produce blooms in the shade.
- Use well-draining soil
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.
- Water it often
Give the plant plenty of water until the roots are mature. Developed crepe myrtle trees are drought tolerant, so frequent watering is unnecessary.
- Fertilize the plant
Southern Living recommends using Vigoro Starter Fertilizer, Schultz Starter Plus Transplanting Solution or a similar selection.
- Prevent unwanted growth
Crepe myrtle plants are prone to damage from powdery mildew and sooty mold. Spray infected plants with an organic spray.
- Eliminate pests
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.
- Avoid excessive pruning
To preserve the integrity of the plant's shape, keep trimming and branch removal to a minimum.