Crape myrtle is a beautiful flowering tree or shrub that has become synonymous, in the United States, with southern living. This tree, profusely covered with blooms in pink, purple or white, grows most successfully in warm climates. Flowering from May well into summer, it adds a dramatic shot of color when other trees and shrubs are going dormant. Growers have developed newer varieties of crape myrtle that include miniature and dwarf, weeping plants. These are easily grown in pots and hanging planters. The Razzle Dazzle and the New Orleans varieties are quite popular with patio gardeners. Plant the crape myrtle in late fall or early spring.
Fill your planting basket with potting soil and a couple of handfuls of peat moss. Mix well and water until the excess water drains from the bottom of the planter.
Plant your crape myrtle no deeper than it was sitting in its original pot. Firm the soil around the base of the plant.
Add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil in the basket. Pine bark, shredded leaves or hardwood will work well. The mulch will help to insulate the roots and conserve moisture.
Fertilize the crape myrtle the following April and again in June with a high-nitrogen fertilizer, according to package directions.