Crape Myrtle Tree
The crape myrtle tree is a popular flowering tree with a bunch of attractive flowers indicating the presence of the hot summer. It is planted in thousands of gardens and produces a large amount of drooping colourful blossoms which forms in bunches. It is a great ornamental tree species in summer although there is nothing on it in the first several months in a year.
If you decide to plant some crape myrtle trees in your garden, you need to choose the right species to suit for your backyard. Diverse species will have difference in height, spread and colours. Generally, most trees on sale in nurseries can grow up to from 6 feet to 25 feet in height. The colours of the flowers can vary from white to pink. Some species such as Dynamite have very bright colours while most others have light colour blossoms. You should pick up some trees during the blooming period so that you can get the right colour you really want.
Like most ornamental trees, crape myrtle trees prefer well-drained soil and adequate sunlight during a day. It can resist cold climates and it is a good option if you house is located in a cold zone. Since it is a deciduous tree species, you will have several months when there is nothing on the tree. You can compensate this by planting it with some evergreen flowering trees which bloom in winter days. When you put the root ball into the soil, you can apply some organic peat humus along with the topsoil to cover the roots. You should provide water for the young tree during the first several weeks to facilitate them to establish their root system. Occasional fertilizer is necessary in their blooming period in summer and autumn. A good granular fertilizer diluted in water can be a good choice.
Some pruning work is necessary especially after each blooming. Every time you should cut back several inches and remove the seed pods. The best pruning season is in spring and over-pruning should be avoided. Since the unpruned seed pods will produced some seeds and cause new seedlings to come out in the coming spring. You should do a thorough cleaning under the tree if you cannot remove those seeds pods.
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