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Jan 17, Cut the tree back to within one to two inches of the ground while the tree is dormant. After two to three weeks of growth, select three to five of the most vigorous new shoots on each trunk and remove all others. Remove any new shoots that emerge later. Within three to five years, you will again have a natural-looking crapemyrtle.

May 06, It is our opinion to live and let live, if pruning your tree makes you happy, then well go for it. When to Prune?

Crepe Myrtles can be pruned at any time of the year. YES, you read that correctly! However, it is easier to prune in (January/February) winter as all the foliage has left the tree, making pruning and clean-up an easier task for you. What to Prune? Look for any small “sucker” branches Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Jun 05, So, the best time to prune crape myrtle is in late winter or early spring - just prior to new growth emerging.

For years, I've suggested this as a great time to prune them because at that time we're also pruning our roses and many other plants and trees in the landscape. Jul 10, Remove any poorly placed limbs as needed, but avoid what is commonly known as"crape murder." Learn more about proper pruning techniques in our article"Pruning Crapemyrtle." For more information on crapemyrtles, contact your county Extension office.

UF/IFAS Publications. Crapemyrtle in Florida; Key Plant, Key Pests: Crapemyrtle. Watering regularly - especially if you plant a crape myrtle tree in summer when it's in bloom - is essential. Trim back after the first bloom to deadhead and you'll get a second bloom. Keep deadheading (if you can reach the flowers, that is) for further flowering. Cut several inches past the seed pod that's forming. Properly Pruning Your Plant Properly pruning you crape myrtle will maximize blooms, promote new growth and give your plant a great shape.

Pruning is done in winter when the plant is dormant, between the months of December and February. Each plant is different. But it helps to identify which pruning style meets your ideal look, so keep reading to find out more about the three main pruning styles.



The whip-branches can get you in the eye, terribly, if not careful.



The Single Trunk. In my opinion, the single trunk Crape Myrtle is one of the more beautiful shapes the tree can take on with proper pruning, however, will require the most investment in pruning each year. Feb 25, Late winter (right now) is the best time to prune a crepe myrtle, because it's leafless and you can easily see all of the branches.

It also blooms on new growth, so pruning now won't reduce blooming. In fact, it may increase treetrim.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins.





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