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Updated: 9 February 2020 01:51:00 AM

How to propagate crepe myrtle from cuttings?

Take cuttings in spring or summer where they meet the main branch, about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm.) in length with about 3-4 nodes per cutting. Remove all the leaves except the last two or three. Although rooting hormone is not usually required, giving them a boost does make it easier to propagate crepe myrtle cuttings.

Taking this into account can you start a crepe myrtle from a cutting?

Crape myrtle is easily propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings taken during the growing season. Take cuttings from new growth of the season, leaving three to four nodes per cutting and several leaves. Rooting hormone is generally not necessary, and cuttings should root in three to four weeks.

Given this, how do you take cuttings from Myrtle?

Propagating and preparing common myrtle cuttings
  1. Collect myrtle stems that are about 6-inches (15 cm) long.
  2. Remove the lower leaves so that only the topmost one or two pairs of leaves are left.
  3. Plant the cuttings in special cutting soil mix or a blend of peat and river sand.
  4. Keep the substrate a little moist.

In addition can you use Epsom salt on crepe myrtles?

Crape Myrtles bloom with a dose of Epsom Salts. Two: In order for your Crape Myrtle to bloom you may want to try this cocktail (for the Crape Myrtles, not you) Mixone tablespoon of Epsom Salts into one gallon of water and pour around the roots of the plant. Repeat for the others, using one gallon per plant.
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Is Miracle Grow good for crepe myrtles?

The easiest to use and most well known fertilizer is Miracle Gro. However, if you have many Crape Myrtles you wish to fertilize, using Miracle Gro can become expensive. When choosing a fertilizer for your Crape Myrtles, keep in mind that they are heavy feeders and are more prosperous when fed often.

Can you change the color of crepe myrtle?

But we can find no indication that crape myrtle bloom colors can be altered. However, your best bet, if you want to purchase plants with a certain plant color, is to go to the nursery and actually see the colors of blooms before you buy the plant. And learn to love lavender/pink.

How do you know when a crepe myrtle is dying?

Using Scratch Test to determine a Dead Crape Myrtle
Scratch the lower base of the stem and if it's green it is still alive. If it's not, it may still be alive, but you'll have to wait awhile before you know for sure. A really cold winter may have of killed the top growth, but the roots may still be alive.

How do you know when a crepe myrtle is dying?

Using Scratch Test to determine a Dead Crape Myrtle
Scratch the lower base of the stem and if it's green it is still alive. If it's not, it may still be alive, but you'll have to wait awhile before you know for sure. A really cold winter may have of killed the top growth, but the roots may still be alive.

How many trunks should a crape myrtle have?

For most crape myrtles, choose three, five, or—at most—seven main trunks. An odd number of trunks is more pleasing to the eye than an even number, which often looks like soldiers in formation. Keep trunks that have ample space to grow and are growing straight and strong.

How can I make my crepe myrtle bloom more?

Crape myrtles need to have new growth each spring in order to produce summer flowers. These flowers come on current-season growth, so late winter/early spring fertilization can aid crape myrtle flowering in the summer. It is not too late to fertilize this year if you haven't yet.

What is killing my crepe myrtles?

Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are essentially trouble-free small trees. The most common problems include powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, aphids, Japanese beetles, and sooty mold.

What is the lifespan of a crepe myrtle?

Crepe myrtles live quite a few years if you take care of them. A crepe myrtle lifespan can exceed 50 years. So that's the answer to the question “how long do crepe myrtle trees live?” They can live a good, long time with suitable care.

What kind of fertilizer do crepe myrtles need?

To maximize spring growth and summer bloom, gardeners should fertilize their crape myrtles in early spring just prior to new growth. Fertilizers like 8-8-8, 10-10-10, 12-4-8 or 16-4-8 will work fine and are ideal for crape myrtles but you shouldn't go over board.

Can you plant a crepe myrtle near your house?

Often crape myrtle grows as a multistemmed small tree, with foliage limited to the upper half of the plant. As a general rule of thumb, plant crape myrtles of this mature size a minimum of 8 to 10 feet from a building wall, and farther if you can. This spacing gives the plant room to expand to its full size.

Which crape myrtle is the best?

  • The Muskogee Crape Myrtle is the ideal choice if you want a large tree.
  • The Sioux Crape Myrtle grows between 15 and 20 feet tall and has a narrow, upright form, making it ideal for smaller gardens.

Can you over water crepe myrtles?

Watering Issues
Crape myrtle trees need the most moisture in the soil profile when they are actively growing -- when the plant displays leaves. Overwatering crape myrtles in spring and summer can diminish flowering, since overly moist soil promotes leafy growth, not flower production.

How long does a crape myrtle live?

Crepe myrtles live quite a few years if you take care of them. A crepe myrtle lifespan can exceed 50 years. So that's the answer to the question “how long do crepe myrtle trees live?” They can live a good, long time with suitable care.

Is crape myrtle poisonous?

Many beautiful plants contain toxins that present a danger to puppies and other animals. However, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that crepe myrtle is perfectly safe and non-toxic for animals, as well as humans.

How often should you water newly planted crepe myrtles?

Watering: Water your newly planted crape myrtle thoroughly after planting. Water newly planted crape myrtles at least once a week if dormant and in cool weather, and up to five times a week if planted during hot weather or in very sandy soil.

How far do you cut back crepe myrtles?

As they grow taller, gradually remove all side branches up to a height of four to five feet. This exposes the smooth, handsome bark. Early each spring, remove weak, spindly growth and all the branches that are growing in toward the center of the plant. Prune large branches back to a crotch.

What is the fastest growing crape myrtle?

Basham's Party Pink is one of our favorite Crapes. It is the fastest growing crape myrtle available, growing 8' per year! It is a very full, upright tree that grows to 30'. It's flowers can best be described as a delicate pale pink.

Where do you cut back crepe myrtles?

Cut off suckers from the bottom, rubbing and cross growing branches and branches growing inward. Gradually cut off all side branches from the main base as the tree gets taller. Never leave lone or clustered stubs. Be sure to remove unwanted branches before they get too thick (thickness of a pencil).

What color is Tuscarora crape myrtle?

A small deciduous tree that produces a profusion of crepe-like coral-pink flower clusters.
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tuscarora'
Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh fa-ru-EE-i
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen

What time of year do you plant crepe myrtle trees?

Late fall to early spring is the best time to plant. But a lot of folks buy and plant their crepe myrtle in summer because they select it while it is blooming. That works too, but watering well during the summer months is crucial to transitioning it into your garden.

Should crepe myrtles be topped?

Topping a crape myrtle destroys the natural balance and beauty of the tree. Improperly trimmed multi-trunk crape myrtles have weakend immune responses and cannot fight off disease and insects as well. As the topping continues, the crape myrtles can respond by growing more trunks, worsening the problem.

Do crepe myrtles attract bees?

Crape myrtles prefer full sunlight locations with periodic irrigation for vigorous growth and blossoming. Beneficial insects visiting your crape myrtle, from bees to wasps, are attracted to both the bright flowers and honeydew residue left from aphid activity.

What happens if you don't prune crepe myrtles?

Flowers are not the only virtue of this tree. Many varieties have beautiful bark and growth habits that can be enjoyed all year if trees are not heavily pruned. This unsightly, ugly pruning known as crape murder is not recommended. Once it's done, it ruins the tree's graceful natural shape for the rest of its life.

What is the reddest crape myrtle?

The reddest blooms you can get on a Crape Myrtle! The bright red blooms on this smaller growing crape myrtle tree are in huge clusters. From the wonderfully smooth bark to the dark green foliage and then onto the orange-red fall color, the Dynamite Crape Myrtle is an amazing summer to fall show off!

What causes a crepe myrtle not to bloom?

If there are no flowers on crepe myrtle, it could be that the tree was pruned late in the season, causing the new wood to be mistakenly removed, which causes the buds for the flowers to never really develop. Never prune a crepe myrtle before it blooms. Crepe myrtle bloom time is just after the other flowering trees.

How do you revive a crepe myrtle?

Cut off the dead top and let the shoots grow. They'll grow faster than a congressman's nose. Select 4-5 well-spaced ones to become the new main trunks and cut off the rest. Your crepe myrtle will grow back free-of-charge and may even bloom this summer.

Why did my crepe myrtle not bloom this year?

If there are no flowers on crepe myrtle, it could be that the tree was pruned late in the season, causing the new wood to be mistakenly removed, which causes the buds for the flowers to never really develop. Never prune a crepe myrtle before it blooms. Crepe myrtle bloom time is just after the other flowering trees.