Top Questions About Crape Myrtle Trees

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Questions About Crape Myrtle Trees

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Anonymous on
January 12, 2011

Q. Crape Myrtles

We live on the east coast of Florida – Daytona Beach – and I love to garden. My questions is, when is the best time to trim Crape Myrtles? I read about how to trim them, which was very informative.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 12, 2011
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Anonymous on
January 12, 2011

Q. When to Prune Crepe Myrtles

I would like to know the correct time of the year (winter months) to prune my crepe myrtles. I want to actually cut them lower than I usually do because I have used a ladder in the past to just top them, and they’re just getting too tall. I have about 7 of them in one fairly large area between myself and my neighbor. I’m in Mechanicsville, Virginia and have a couple of months left before spring.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 12, 2011
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Anytime between now and the end of March will be fine for pruning these trees.

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Anonymous on
January 16, 2011

Q. Will Crepe Myrtle Survive Winter

I want to plant crepe myrtle tree in spring but need information on whether it will survive winter conditions in Zone 6 in PA.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 17, 2011
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It depends on the variety. There are some new varieties that will grow in Zone 6. The ones we have seen like this, however, never really take on a tree form, but rather stay bush like as they die back to the ground each winter.

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Anonymous on
January 20, 2011

Q. Fertilizing Crepe Myrtles

I have never fertilized my crepe myrtles and probably should. What do you recommend?

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Nikki on
January 21, 2011
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You don't normally need to fertilize them, but a little fertilizer a bit higher in phosphorus once every year or two is helpful.

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Anonymous on
January 22, 2011

Q. Pruning Crape Myrtle Trees

I have three beautiful crape myrtle trees that are about 12 feet high. There are no suckers around the bottom. I live in Holden Beach, NC and would like to know what time of year is best to trim the upper branches (there are still dead blossoms on them) and how far back to cut them. I want to maintain a natural look to my trees.

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Anonymous on
January 24, 2011

Q. Blossoms on Crepe Myrtle

Why do the blossoms on my crepe myrtle not open? They are bountiful, but they just don’t open.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 25, 2011
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There are a number of reasons that may cause crepe myrtle's failure to bloom. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/crepe-myrtle-not-blooming.htm

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Anonymous on
January 24, 2011

Q. Trimming Dead Flowers on Crepe Myrtle

We live in Williamsburg, VA and love our tree. It has five canes and blooms well. When should I trim off the dead flowers? I am keeping it a natural shape. It is white.

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Nikki on
January 25, 2011
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You can trim off the blooms right after they fade. As a matter of fact, trimming them right after they fade may result in a second batch of blooms.

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