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Crape myrtle

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by capelawncare.com, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    I have a crape myrtle that is failing to bloom. The Crape seems to take a long time to come out of its dormancy, compared to others in the area. When it does bloom it is very sparse.

    Any suggestions?
  2. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    Did you prune it back? If so, when.
    Have you fertilized it? If so, what and when.
    Did you have a sudden cold spell? If so, when.
    Crape Myrtles bloom any time from now till the end of 90 days. Some suffer from over loving. Let me know the above and we'll go from there.
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    They need sun and lots of it to bloom, different colors bloom at different times

    otherwise what he said ^^^
  4. Brett Thomas

    Brett Thomas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Rd/up hitting the bark has cause multiple problems for us at our farm. This goes from weird leaf growth, death, late blooming/no blooms and multiple other things
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012
  5. My first thought was how much sun...so, how much sun?
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  6. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    It gets full sun, no cold spells, no round up, and I don't trim it.
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Your tree is broken. ;)
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  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I have a crape I pulled from my other house this spring...no shot or anything, just started blooming last week...they are tough.
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  9. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,029

    check the PH of the soil first!!
    fert with a product with a high middle # 8-10-10 should be easy to find
  10. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Do you know of the history of this CM? Has it ever been a good bloomer? Is this a recent change? Full of leaves? Any aphids? Was it planted by the Homeowner?

    If there is a long/ongoing Hx with it, perhaps it was planted too deep. Hard to tell via this site without pics, closeup exam or some additional info. Start with the basics and fundenmentals and rule out causes from there.

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