Crapemyrtles

CrapemyrtlesThe crapemyrtles are one of the most diversified plant species grown in the Midwest. They come in an array of sizes, flower color, and even leaf color. Here are a few tips to make gardening with this colorful shrub a success in your garden.

Planting

Exposure: full sun, even a few hours of shade will affect amount of blooming

Site choices: choosing the right variety for the right spot can reduce pruning needs

Soil: will grow in most soils if adequate raining is provided

Pruning

When: spring, after bud-break

Why: pruning is sometimes required to maintain shape, particularly if we have had a hard winter. Light pruning is good for inducing heavier new growth, which will result in heavier flowering. Contrary to popular belief, heavy pruning will not result in heavy fiowering.

Fertilizing

How & When: Chemical vs. Organic Organic sources not only provide tile essential elements that the plants need, but help to improve the over-all structure of your soil.

If you use chemical fertilizers, do not use a high rlitrogen source, and do not feed too late in the fall. Too much Nitrogen can lead to a lot of growth and fewer flowers. Fertilizing too late can force new growth that may not have time to harden off before winter.

Pests

  • Flea Beetle,
  • Japanese Beetle, and
  • Powdery Mildew
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1900 W Mt Vernon St
Nixa, MO 65714

2.8 miles west of Highway 160 on Highway 14
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