Extend Blooming of Crape Myrtles

I recently received a call from a friend asking if it was possible to extend blooming of crape Myrtle trees.  I replied with a yes.  All you need to do is simply remove spent flowers as soon as they finishing blooming.  Prune them off just above the first set of leaves behind the spent flowers.  I did this to my daughter’s tree about 2 weeks ago, and new growth is showing.  She just reported that new buds are starting to develop; normally it takes about a month or more before new flowers will appear.  Give it a try.

About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!
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