Crepe myrtle is a fast-growing shrub or deciduous tree that’s specifically famous in the Southeast and South hardy and regions in zones 6-10. Since it has a multi-stemmed look, the tree’s typically developed in public areas and yards for extra interest and color. Dwarf crepe myrtle is ideal to be an accent shrub in your garden beds and it is also perfect for containers.

Things to know about crepe myrtle

In the climates in the Southern area, crepe myrtles start to bloom mid-spring. While in northern places, it flowers during summertime. The blooming of crepe myrtle lasts until the fall. The flowers develop in 6-12 inches clusters, which are 3-5 inches wide. Moreover, you can observe smaller clusters from the dwarf varieties.

Crepe myrtles come in various selections of flower colors, such as red, pink, white, lavender and purple. There are some variations of flowers that are bicolor. Here are the things to consider while you plant the crepe myrtle.

Plant at the proper time

It is recommended to plant crepe myrtles when the trees are still dormant, particularly during the cold seasons.

Choose the right location to plant

Select a place that gets full sun. A lot of light can guarantee that the crepe myrtle will get plenty of flowers. Also, shade can reduce the chances of color and flowers/

Establish the requirement for soil

It is preferable to have sandy soils, loam, or a well-draining clay for your crepe myrtle. The soil’s pH level must be from 5.5 to 7.5. Use a high-nitrogen fertilizer during the spring as early as the leaves start to reappear in 2 months.

Plant the shrub or tree

Dig a hole that’s twice as wide yet similar depth to the nursery pot. Eliminate the tree from the container by sliding it out carefully and purring it on its side. You should handle it by the root ball all the time without grasping its trunk. Put native soil near the roots to remove air pockets and then compact the hole with the remaining soil.

Water

It is recommended to water the newly planted tree at least 1-3 times per week since it requires water during dry periods after its first season of development. If you fail to provide your newly planted tree with continuous water, utilize a water ring. Your tree will naturally be resistant to drought once it becomes mature.

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