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Q.Very Few Or No Flowers On Crepe Myrtles

Zone 35242 | Anonymous added on October 2, 2021 | Answered

In Birmingham when should trees. Be cut back or just left alone with no cutting back

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luis_pr
Answered on October 3, 2021

There should typically be no need to cut back Crape Myrtles. Pruning forces new growth now and we are near the end of the growing season, so early frost could zap the new growth. However, when dormant, you could do some minor selective pruning: cut branches that cross, branches that were completely dead, etc. Feel free to cut suckers at any time. Some people also grow them as bushes instead of like trees.

Some varieties of CM will rebloom if given a short trim haircut all around, maybe just a few inches. But do that immediately after they stop opening flower buds. Other varieties may not respond and rebloom.

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