The love affair that we have with crape myrtles is undeniable.
In some areas, you see them on practically every street--and for good reason. Few plants can match their combination of spectacular summer flowers, colorful autumn foliage, and handsome sculptural trunks.
If you're thinking of adding one or more crape myrtles to your landscape this season, the following tips will help you make a good decision. Seeing a crape myrtle in its full summer splendor send some of us running to the nursery to buy a plant the same color. But don't buy impulsively. Make sure that it is not only the exact color that you want, but also the right size and look you hope to achieve.
Although crape myrtles are fairly drought tolerant, they perform best in moist soil. Make sure newly transplanted plants are watered often, either by hand watering or drip system. Once they are established run your drip system and or hand water 20 to 30 minutes every week or so. Try to soak the soil down about 10 or 18 inches. A layer of mulch about 3 inches from trunk on the soil under the shrub or tree will help keep the soil moist by controlling evaporation and runoff.
Crape myrtles respond to fertilization. Since many types are fairly fast growers and they produce copious blooms they benefit from extra nutrition. In the spring sprinkle a fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants on the soil under the shrub or tree out as far as the branches reach then hand water the fertilizer in. Consult the package label for specific amounts, but a rule of thumb is 1/2 pound per 1/2 inch of trunk diameter for trees. Do not allow the fertilizer to fall on the stems or foliage. Since crape myrtles bloom heavily late in the growing season, a light sprinkling of this same fertilizer or a spray of dilute liquid fertilizer on the foliage in early August, no later, will give the shrub or tree a boost. Do not overdo as crape myrtles normally grow vigorously and densely without any encouragement.
Once crape myrtles have bloomed and shed their first flowers, they will set seed. The small round seedpods or capsules usually weigh the limbs down, making them sag. Using a sharp pair of clippers, cut off the seedpods. New shoots with buds will quickly appear, and you will get a second bloom.
Crape myrtles may be pruned for health or control purposes. All types of this plant need to have diseased or damaged stems cut out from time to time. This should be done promptly, regardless of the time of year.
PEST AND DISEASE
Crape myrtle trees are sometimes susceptible to snooty mold and powdery mildew that can limit bloom. Insects, such as aphids and scale may feed on succulent new growth and create a substance called honeydew that attracts sooty black mold spores. Use Bayer 12 month Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed Duel-Action Formula Systemic once a year before the leaves pop out, to prevent these problems or even after the tree is leafed out. You can also use an insecticidal soap.
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Welcome to Sperbeck's Nursery
We began building our business in 1986 and opened the doors May 16th, 1987. Our mission for our business is a place where our guests and friends are welcomed and they will.....
"Be aware of the blessings of the beauty of this world, of the joy of friendships shared and of the peace found only in Him"
....through the gardens and the landscapes of which we are blessed to help create.
We enjoy helping our customers at the nursery take home the right plant or garden accessory for the place in their garden. We delight teaching customers how to be successful with their garden projects from planting, to properly caring for them and enjoying them as they add beauty and value to their homes for years to come. We love designing or installing landscapes, now for two generations of clients. We appreciate maintaining our landscapes to allow them to mature into the beauty for which they were created.