Preparing Your Crape Myrtle for Winter
Crape myrtles have beautiful blooms through the warm months of summer, and fall is the best time to prepare them to survive the harsh winter.
We have a few tips to help you:
1. We recommend feeding your plant with a fertilizer, like Espoma Holly-tone.
2. Make sure there is 2 – 3″ of mulch over the root system. This means, keep the mulch 3″ away from the trunks of your Crape Myrtle, then place your mulch 2 – 3″ thick over the root system ( 12 to 16″ away from the trunks).
3. Be observant. If we have cold overnight temperatures, remember to use Miracle Gro, at the rate of 4 scoops to 1 gallon of water, 3 feedings 7 days apart, to stimulate root activity, to prevent damage to your Crape Myrtle.
4. If your Crape Myrtle has a number of spent blossoms, you can remove these blossoms after the Crape Myrtle has dropped its leaves.
If you have any more questions about caring for your crape myrtles just ask our experts in store or online here.