Crapemyrtle Hasn’t Bloomed In Years

Growth bloom

Q: Every year in mid-March we prune the previous year’s growth from our crape myrtle trees. Our trees haven’t bloomed in three years. What can we do?

A: It is rare for a crapemyrtle to completely fail to bloom. I think it’s very possible you pruned off the new growth that gives rise to flowers each year. The best time to prune a crapemyrtle is in winter before any growth appears. Of course, I would rather you not prune at all. Pruning does not make the plant flower any better and it can lead to disease and insect problems.

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