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Crape myrtle
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

It wasn\'t too long ago that the colorful Crape Myrtle trees so popular in the South weren\'t recommended for the mild coastal Southern California climates because they had bad problems with powdery mildew there and in general did not bloom well. But there are now a number of new modern hybrid Crape Myrtles that are much more vigorous, better foliaged, stronger flowering, and very mildew resistant. Now gardeners all along the Southern California coast can enjoy these beautiful small trees which light up the summer with their bright pink, red, lavender, purple, and white frilly flowers. And if you live just a few miles inland, you\'ll even get nice fall color!

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

  • February
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Prune

        Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

  • March
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Prune

        Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

  • April
    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    • Plant

        Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    • Plant

        Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    • Plant

        Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    • Plant

        Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

    • Plant

        Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

  • October
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • May

              Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

            • June

              Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

            • July

              Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

            • August

              Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

            • September

              Buy trees in bloom to get the color you want.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • May

              Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

            • June

              Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

            • July

              Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

            • August

              Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

            • September

              Plant from containers now, in full sun in a well-drained soil in areas with good air circulation.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

              • September

                Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • February

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • March

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • April

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • May

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • June

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • July

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • August

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • September

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • October

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • November

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

              • December

                Water regularly but deeply during dry periods, but do not over-water.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

              • March

                Prune to shape and to promote fresh new growth and bloom.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Mulch to conserve water use.

              • July

                Mulch to conserve water use.

              • October

                Mulch to conserve water use.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • May

                  At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

                • June

                  At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

                • July

                  At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

                • August

                  At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

                • September

                  At locations on the immediate coast, watch for powdery mildew on the leaves.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • May

                  If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

                • June

                  If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

                • July

                  If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

                • August

                  If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

                • September

                  If powdery mildew appears, try washing folige with a strong spray of water in the early morning.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Special requirements

                      Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
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                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec

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