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Lagerstroemia spp Plant Care Reminders

Crape myrtle

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes It wasn\'t too long ago that the colorful Crape Myrtle trees so popular in the South weren\'t recommended for the mild coastal Southern California climates because they had bad problems with powdery mildew there and in general did not bloom well. But there are now a number of new modern hybrid Crape Myrtles that are much more vigorous, better foliaged, stronger flowering, and very mildew resistant. Now gardeners all along the Southern California coast can enjoy these beautiful small trees which light up the summer with their bright pink, red, lavender, purple, and white frilly flowers. And if you live just a few miles inland, you\'ll even get nice fall color!
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
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    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    February
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    2. Prune

    Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.
    March
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    2. Prune

    Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.
    April
    1. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    3. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.
    3. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    May

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    June

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    July

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    August

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    September

    Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    May

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    June

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    July

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    August

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    September

    Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

    September

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    February

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    March

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    April

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    May

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    June

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    July

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    August

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    September

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    October

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    November

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    December

    Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

    March

    Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    July

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    October

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    April

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    May

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    June

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    July

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    August

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    September

    At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    April

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

    May

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

    June

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

    July

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

    August

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

    September

    If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

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