How to Deadhead Crape Myrtles

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Crape myrtles are flowering shrubs or trees, and depending on the variety and climate, they bloom in the late spring, summer or early fall. Deadheading may encourage crape myrtles to bloom a second time later in the growing season. However, do not deadhead crape myrtles too late in the season because the new growth will not have time to harden off before winter and your plant could suffer winter damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand clippers
  • Wait for an entire cluster of crape myrtle blooms to fade in color.

  • Clip off the stem just underneath the cluster of spent blooms with a pair of sharp, clean hand clippers.

  • Continue to deadhead the spent cluster of blooms until midsummer. Do not deadhead crape myrtles any later than midsummer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Deadheading is only optional. If you don’t deadhead, your crape myrtle will just have one blooming cycle, from which you can enjoy the attractive seed heads that follow after blooming.

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