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Plant Characteristics

Common Name – Crape/Crepe Myrtle

Botanical Name – Lagerstroemia speciosa

Zone – 10-11

Plant Dimensions and Growth Rate

This large semi-deciduous tree will decorate your garden or yard with its long and large green leaves in the summers. When it flowers, the blossoms will be showy and violet-pink or pink, and produced in clusters. The light brown-grey bark will shed off in large pieces. Moderately fast growing species that becomes 45 feet tall and sport a spread of 35 feet.

Flowers

Flowers are produced in shades of violet-pink and pink.

Foliage

You will observe that the foliage of this tree will start with a reddish tint. However, when it finally unfurls, its large, elongated green leaves will pleasantly surprise you. During spring-summer, the foliage stays green, only to turn into beautiful shades of red and copper during the fall-winter seasons.

Crepe myrtle pink

Care Instructions

Light

Loves growing in the sun, which makes it a perfect plant to be planted in parts of your garden that get full sun exposure. In fact, if not in the spotlight, your myrtle will greatly reduce the amount of flower it produces while full shade will completely prevent blooming.

Soil

These trees will grow best in soils that are rich in nutrients and humusy. Ensure that the soil stays slightly moist and acidic and it will reward your care by looking spectacular! The tree is also tolerant when it comes to dry, infertile, or swampy soils. However, under such conditions, it might fail to produce the lush and robust leafy canopy. Be prepared for sporadic flowering in such situations, as well.

Moisture

Moderately drought tolerant species, which means you, will need to stick to moderate amount of watering.

Pruning

Only prune the crepe myrtles after they have bloomed, shed their first flowers, and go towards setting seed. The seedpods will weigh the limbs down, so they need to go first. As soon as you prune them, you will see new shoots and buds appearing. That means, your plant is preparing for a second bloom. At warmer temperatures, the plants may even go for a third and fourth bloom!

For the multi-trunk crepe myrtle, allow your tree to branch along the length of the stem. For a uniquely beautiful plant, grow multiple colors together!

Fertilizer

In order to keep your crape myrtles happy, you had better feed them with a general-purpose or high-nitrogen fertilizer every year. The best time to apply the fertilizer would be when the spring arrives . You can also use the arrival of foliage on the plant as your guide. A second fertilization, if necessary, should be done two months after the first fertilization. If the tree produces many suckers, they are going to bring insects into your garden and make your myrtle susceptible to diseases. In order to avoid sucker growth, use a slow-release fertilizer. The more fertilizer you add, the more leaves it will produce, putting off flowering until later.

Crepe myrtle

Landscaping Uses

Crape myrtles can be used as lawn specimens in gardens. Keep the tree in a rounded shape when it is young to keep it looking attractive.

Growing Crepe Myrtles in Florida seems quite easy. Well, then what are you waiting for?

If you live in Florida, then there are a few things that you need to know before you start your own garden. Once you have read these tips, you won’t need a green thumb!

How to Plant

The first and obvious step when planting something is digging a hole. Look at your plant and make the hole at least half as wide and deep as its pot is.

Take the plant out of the pot and start loosening the roots very gently.

Hold it at the base with one hand while supporting the root ball with your other hand. Set it down inside the hole.

For the plant to survive its transplanting, the top of the soil around its root ball should be just a little bit higher than the level of the soil. Ensure that is the case before you remove the plant.

Now, fill the hole with water and set the plant back inside it.

Fill the hole with more soil and tamp it in place.

Water until the hole and the soil are thoroughly soaked.

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How to Water

There are three types of irrigation that may or may not suit you, depending on the size of your garden.

  1. For Lawns, you should use high pressure irrigation. The best way to achieve that is to use overhead sprinklers since the spray will cover long distances. If you also have a garden adjacent to the lawn, the sprinklers can irrigate it, simultaneously.
  2. Low pressure irrigation is the best way to water container plants and small gardens. For this method, opt for a drip emitter system that will produce one drop at a time. Through this method, most of the water goes to the plant and little is lost to evaporation.
  3. Microjet emitters with spray misters are an alternative you can use. Keep in mind that not all plants like to get their leaves wet, which is why this method would be perfect for such plants. The spray released by these microjets falls right at the soil level, which also means minimal evaporation.
  4. For manual irrigation, you can use a hand-held hose. Soaker hoses are another good option since they can be connected to timers.
    Often the best irrigation is a combination of two or more of the methods mentioned above.


Irrigation In Florida

For a hassle free garden that keeps blooming, why not hire the right guys for the job? Here at Bronson Heights Family Nursery we will take care of your lawn no matter how big or small it is. We provide expert services in Irrigation, Tree Trimming, and Lawn Maintenance for both residential and commercial areas. We are the best when it comes to Paver Installation, Retaining Walls, and Construction of Flag Stone Patios. Bronson Heights Nursery is the answer to all your bulk deliveries and pick-ups for rocks, mulch, and Pine bark, as well! The best part is that no matter which part of Central Florida you are in, we can reach out to you. Our offices are located in Summerfield, Bronson Heights, and Williston. Thank your for your patronage.

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