Get a bold pop of white, pink, lavender, purple or red in your summer landscape with crape myrtles. These easy-care trees thrive in our southern heat and humidity and bloom for 2-3 months. In the winter they add interest to the landscape as their smooth, outer bark exfoliates to expose under bark of brown, russet, tan and grey.
Depending on the variety, crape myrtle can mature to be anywhere from 2 feet to 30 feet tall. Crape myrtles can be pruned so they stay your desired size or you can let them grow freely – your choice! If you don’t mind pruning yearly, crape myrtles are great as the main focus in smaller gardens
1. Dig a hole at least twice the width of the root ball.
2. Using Pike Planting Mix combine one part natural soil and one part planting mix.
3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil.
4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above ground level.
5. Firmly tap soil and water thoroughly to remove any air pockets.
For optimum growth and bloom, crape myrtles like regular feedings during the spring and summer months. Feed March through September with 100% organic E.B. Stone Ultra Bloom.
Soil should be moist to the touch, but not soggy. Once crape myrtles are established, which takes a year or two, they tolerate more arid conditions.
If you opt to prune your crape myrtle to keep it a desired size you’ll want to prune it in late January or February while the tree is dormant. In the summer you can prune off spent blooms to encourage repeat blooming.
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