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.


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


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.


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.


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