Planting Instructions for Crepe Myrtles


The crape myrtle is a popular tree and flowering shrub specimen that grows well under practically any soil conditions. Two species and hundreds of varieties are commonly grown in the southern region of the United States. The crape myrtle is easy to plant, low on maintenance and big on vibrant color, ranging from coral pink to red. Many of the varieties available are disease-resistant.

Step 1

Choose a site that will receive full sun.

Step 2

Use a shovel to dig a hole that is two times bigger than the size of the crape myrtle's root ball. Set the soil aside.

Step 3

Center the plant by placing the root ball in the middle of the hole. Cover the plant using the soil that was removed. Tamp down the soil with a shovel.

Step 4

Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the soil to settle around the plant's roots.

Step 5

Add a layer of mulch, 3 to 5 inches thick, around the base of the plant to help conserve moisture and to guard against extreme temperatures. Pine bark, shredded leaves or pine straw are all effective and acceptable types of mulch to use.

Step 6

Continue to thoroughly water the plant weekly (as long as it is not raining) for the first two months following planting.


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