How to Care for a Crepe Myrtle Tree

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Caring for crepe myrtle trees is simple on a coastline with good amounts of sun and ample water, though heavy rains and frost can kill young plants. Grow beautiful crepe myrtle trees in the ground by starting off in a pot with tips from an expert gardener in this free video on caring for trees and plants.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to take care of a Crepe Myrtle tree. Now Crepe Myrtles are a beautiful tree. They have beautiful red branches and beautiful red wood that is used in all types of bowls and different types of art and they're just a beautiful tree to have in your yard. They're easy to grow. You can purchase them already growing in a pot or you can start them from seed and either way they'll grow really well. If you get them in a pot you'll just find that they are just a rooted stick and you just make sure that you water them well and transplant it into the ground or leave it in the pot and make sure it gets full sun. They like a lot of full sun and they do really well in beach areas. They love the beach. They don't seem to do so well in desert conditions or in climates where it rains all the time and they have really cold, cold winters because they can only handle a little bit of frost. If they freeze too hard you'll lose them especially when they are new plants. So if you live in a really cold climate you can grow them but just leave them inside in the green house or in a shed for the winter because you will lose them if you leave them outside. So they're easy to grow just put them in full sun and just give them lots of moisture in the Summer. They do drink some water in the Summer because they are from the Coast line. They are not into dry, dry, dry Summers. You don't need to fertilize them just give them lots of compost and give them organic materials just a little bit every year so they have something to grow with and if you are transplanting them the best time to transplant them is in the Fall and also if you want to prune them the best time to prune them is in the Fall and never prune them back more than one third of the whole total height. So you can prune them a bit but never hack them back because you might lose them. They're a really easy tree to grow and they are very rewarding.


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