Crepe myrtle likes full sun, but in drought conditions or even when it's rainy, the flowering may be delayed. This guide is about crepe myrtle not blooming.
I've had a crepe myrtle for 10 years that has never flowered. It is full of buds, but the buds never open to bloom. The tree looks healthy and would be beautiful if the blooms would open to flowers.
The tree is in a west location in the middle of the yard and it gets sun from mid-morning to night. It is watered once to twice a week (although during rainy periods it receives more water than that). Is there a flowerless variety that I happen to have, or can I take some action to get my crepe myrtle to flower?
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Rosie from New Port Richey, FL
I'm not sure, but it sounds like either too much or not enough water. Call your local nursery and ask them. They know the right information for your climate.
I would have your soil test and the results discussed with a horticulturist. It may be a plant that requires specific minerals or soil conditions in order to bloom, or some plants require 2 to propagate each other.
Do you have any ants? These flowers are similar to peonies in that the ants eat all the sweet sticky stuff off the blooms. If they don't, then the blooms remain stuck shut and won't open.
What can I use to make my crepe myrtle trees bloom? I've tried a variety of fertilizers with no luck.
I have two crepe myrtles, they are around 7 yeas old, they have never bloomed. I have fertilized, fed, etc. over the last five years. They are beautiful trees, just no blooms. I need some ideas as to what else I might try.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Debi from Greenwood, MS
Stop fertilizing and watering as much, and make sure they are getting full sun. I have read that a handful of epsom salts around the base of the shrub/tree will induce bloom. Scatter the epsom salts and water in. This should work like a charm.
I have 4 mature and 2 young different color crepe myrtle trees that only bloomed a handful of flowers. In previous years they produced massive quantities of blooms. My myrtles show no signs of any distress. I am so confused and upset. What happened?
By Jilly B from Vidor, TX
I have a creeping myrtle that is slowly dying. Any suggestions?
By Mindy from Terrebonne, OR
I too have had that problem. I removed the tree from it location to discover the root system had enveloped itself and was suffocating the plant. I cut and loosened the root ball and stuck it in a large pot with some good quality potting mix. I almost immediately came back to life. 3 weeks later I now have a tree that has good healthy foliage and is blossoming slowly.
Our Crepe Myrtle trees are 6 or 7 years old, but only bloom occasionally. The trees are full of buds, but they never open. We water the trees weekly. We have seen trees in fields that only get water when it rains and they are full of blooms. Any ideas?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By DCWRN from Athens, TX
Crepe Myrtles "do not" like to be watered that often. Cut back on your watering. They flower better that way.