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  Crape Myrtle Growing Instructions

Planting: The plants should be planted or spaced 18" apart. To make a Full Whiskey Barrel or 16" Planter place 3-4 plants per container.

Light:   They grow best in full hot sun anywhere in the U.S. up to about 1/2 or 50% shade.

Soil Type:   I have not found a soil where Lagerstroemias won't grow including all commercial mixes.

Water:   Crape Myrtles do well in any moisture situation except dry desert climates where you must water more often.

Fertilizer:   Fertilize Lagerstroemias during the growing season with any of the water soluble fertilizers such as Peters or Miracle Grow. Any analysis about every 2 weeks works well. Osmocote type fertilizers also work well.

Spacing Between Plants:  Place or space plants 12" to 14" apart in group plantings, borders around buildings or homes, and mass ground cover plantings(see our photos from the Worlds Fair for examples)

Bloom Time or Season:  Crape Myrtles flower on "new" growth made in the spring so even the smallest plants   flower the first season you get them.

Perennials:    These Lagerstroemias are Pennsylvania grown to provide maximum cold hardiness in all areas of the country. If your area is colder than a Zone 5 you should grow them in Containers or Hanging Baskets. Plants should be protected when the temperature gets below -10 to -20 F. If plants are planted in the ground they are more cold hardy. 

Pests:    The Mini Crape Myrtles are almost insect and disease free although you may see aphids from time to time. We spray with over the counter sprays like diazinon, malathion, &  we use rose disease sprays(for mildew) that are readily available.

Pruning:    We have bred these Lagerstroemias to be very self-branching with a tremendous amount of New Growth so you will see many thousands of flowers each season.

Where to Use these Patented Lagerstroemias:     In Landscapes, as border plantings around buildings for summer color or as mass ground cover plantings like I did at the Worlds Fair. In Containers, they make excellent Hanging Baskets(10" to 12" Baskets or larger fiber baskets), excellent containers in large clay or plastic pots, or put several in a half whiskey barrel for a traffic stopping specimen plant.

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