Crepe myrtle trees are a part of many landscapes. Gardeners love having a crepe myrtle in their outdoor space for aesthetic appeal and needing very little maintenance. Planting crepe myrtle trees isn’t a problem since they will grow in the right location.
Info on Planting Crepe Myrtle
Modified or rich soil isn’t necessary. Crepe myrtle trees adapt to several soils except for the soaked ones. Well-draining soil and sunshine offer a host of summer blooms as well as aid in keeping insects away.
Accurately water freshly planted crepe myrtles until the roots develop and become drought tolerant. Fertilizer typically isn’t necessary unless the blooms aren’t growing correctly. Full bloom might not happen until 24 months after planting. A soil test could suggest the need for fertilization. Crepe Myrtle trees favor a soil pH of at least 5.0 to 6.5.
When putting a crepe myrtle in partial space, pick a little cultivar so that you don’t over prune. Crepe myrtle trees come in dwarf selections like the red victor or purple centennial. There is also the semi-dwarf Caddo that flourishes in vivid pink and tinier varieties develop excellently in flowerpots. Some hybrids can grow in cold areas.
Tips on Crepe Myrtle Care
Crape myrtle is a low-maintenance option for outdoor spaces in the right locations. However, these trees don’t necessitate particular maintenance for their region, but they require some specific care for their attractive blooms to grow.
Crape myrtle six or more hours of total sunshine to flourish. With less sunlight, the color doesn’t wholly materialize, and the blossoms won’t fully grow. The trouble most often arises when maintaining crepe myrtles. Crepe myrtles trees are occasionally vulnerable to mildew and mold but curable with an all-natural spray.
The most inaccurately and painful task of crepe myrtle maintenance is pruning. Killing crepe myrtle trees happen when an exceedingly eager property owner brutally slices back top limbs on crepe myrtle trees, damaging the natural form and shape of this gorgeous landscape plant.
Maintenance for a crepe myrtle tree must include some pruning and some removal of developing limbs. Over pruning the top propels suckers to discharge from the tree’s roots or bottom, causing more pruning and pointless crepe myrtle maintenance. It could also result in an ugly winter form.
Sometimes powdery mildew attacks crepe myrtle, limiting their blooms. Insects, like aphids, might feed on luscious new growth and make an element labeled honeydew, enticing dirty black mold spores. Crepe myrtle care to eliminate these issues could include a comprehensive, full spray of neem oil or insecticidal soap. Don’t forget to spray both sides of the leaves.
When it comes to crepe myrtle tree care, perform thinning and pruning only when necessary. Now that you know the basics of planting and growing a crepe myrtle tree, you should plant one in your yard this year. If you need any help, give us a call at Lenoir Tree Service. Our knowledgeable and experienced tree experts are available to answer any questions.