How To Plant a Crepe Myrtle with Success

How to Plant a Crepe Myrtle with Success: Step 1
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Our Grumpy Gardener gives his tips and tricks to planting crepe myrtles and making them last.

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Step 1

How to Plant a Crepe Myrtle with Success: Step 1
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Be sure of the flower color and the mature size before you plant. Find a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole about three times as wide as the root-ball.

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Step 2

How to Plant a Crepe Myrtle with Success: Step 2
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Place the potted plant in the hole to make sure the hole is large enough. Check that the top of the root-ball is even with surrounding soil, and remove the pot.

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Step 3

How to Plant a Crepe Myrtle with Success: Step 3
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Fill in around the roots with excavated soil, using your foot to firm it. Spread mulch 2 inches deep over the top. Water thoroughly using a hose, not a sprinkler.

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