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Old 06-19-2011, 07:40 PM
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The Twice on Tuesday seminar from the Fla Extention Univ is on Crepe Mertyls
June 28, 2011
TITLE: Crape Myrtles and Hot Flowers
WHEN: Twice on Tuesday, June 28
Tickets are free and must be picked up at the respective
Center where the talk is being held.
Tickets will be available at the Savannah Center and the Sea
Breeze Rec Center, two weeks prior to the talks on June 7.
Tickets are available Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 to 4:00, until
sold out.
Appropriate ticket and Villages ID must be presented at the
WHERE: 9:00 AM Savannah Center
1:00 PM Sea Breeze Recreation Center
WHO: Brooke Moffis
Urban Horticulture Agent & Master Gardener Coordinator
WHY: With many so many colors and cultivars to choose from,
selecting the right crape myrtle for your space is the most
important consideration. Crape myrtles varieties are available
from dwarf shrubs to large upright or spreading trees and its
long blooming period rewards us with its showy flowers for
months. Pruning the spent flower buds can produce another
bloom in the fall. Many types have bark that exfoliates to
expose a beautifully colored inner bark for winter interest. Did
you say you wanted some great summer color for your garden?
The session will also touch on those plants that will last in the
summer heat and still bring lots of brilliant color to the
For Village Residents only For Village Residents only
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, cigar in one hand, scotch in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Old 06-19-2011, 09:31 PM
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Thanks, aln... oh, I wish I could go. I am really looking forward to learning about lawns and landscaping in the Florida climate.
Old 12-04-2011, 01:26 PM
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Default Help with Crape Myrtle

Originally Posted by aljetmet View Post
It's impossible for a landscaper to ruin a Crape Myrtle. In Memphis we usually do the prune in Feb. In Florida March may be a little late however.

I would just Google it. You'll find lot's of info I'm sure.
Did you have some one fertilize them this year??
Old 12-04-2011, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by nanci2539 View Post
I have a beautiful crape myrtle tree that didn't bloom this year. It was pruned in March by landscapers who trimmed our shrubs and did spring clean up. I'm wondering if they didn't prune it correctly. Any ideas
I live in VA and have several myrtles. I trim them back in February. I cut all the willowy branches off and all the suckers at the bottom of the trunk. They bloom every year beginning the end of June beginning of July.
Old 12-04-2011, 03:07 PM
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Default not supposed to really need fertilizer

Originally Posted by happyinthevillages View Post
Did you have some one fertilize them this year??
per Sumter County extension. I also went to the Twice on Tuesday presentation on Crape Myrtles, which is where I got this info.
Old 12-04-2011, 04:57 PM
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Is now the proper time to cut back the branches 1/3? Do you cut them any special place on the branch?
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:33 PM
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Pruning stimulates growth. Don't do it now, wait until Feb so the new tender growth would not get freezer burn.
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