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Crepe Myrtle Not Blooming?

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.

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Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Debi from Greenwood, MS

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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May 31, 20170 found this helpful

this year after 22 years of full blooming, mine have not bloomed yet...they are full of leaves and all but have not bloomed....we did have a late freeze this year but they came on out anyway....i am just thinking that maybe the freeze did them in with the blooms, but others are blooming in other areas...i actually for the first time put epson salt on mine....when i trimmed them back.....maybe sometime in june they will bloom ...i sure hope so....

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

my crepe myrtles do not even have the beginnings of blooms on them this year....we had a very late freeze ....i am thinking that might have injured or killed the blooms....they are crammed full of leaves and beautiful....just not even a beginning of a bloom at the end of each limb...just new growth.

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July 26, 20170 found this helpful

Same here. Usually it's in full bloom in July...but only few small clusters at top. In Raleigh NC. Blaming late freeze.

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August 12, 20200 found this helpful

Epson salt is magnesium Pure, simple and so many uses. I keep a bag with my fertilizers, soil additives-like vermiculite, sand, peet etc.. I keep my soil in another large container. It makes every step so much easier, with no extra work. Back to the magnesium/epson salt. It for sure will not harm the tree. I use it on most all of my plants. You should see the difference that it makes on palms, sega palms, all of my shrubbery, the growing, greening and rooting.

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Also it wwill not burn the plant.
Mid-February I spike them with high phosphate (middle number) that way the tree has 6 weeks of food with thick green canopies. Tthen a few weeks later comes the buds. This process has never failed me. I randomly some fertilizer on it. I hope that this helps you, good luck!

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

I have 7 Crepe Myrtel and the only thing I've done to them is water when it gets hot and dry. Maybe you are doing too much to them. Cut back on the water.

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