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Clueless: Help me choose a Crepe Myrtle
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:02 pm
Hi guys -
I'm 100% new to this forum and to anything plant related any general.
We are wanting to plant a driveway full of crepe myrtles, but I have no idea which one to plant.
Here's our criteria:
Must be tall - 15 - 20 feet
Would prefer it to grow moderately fast
Must prefer/tolerate highly alkaline soil
I've been trying to Google any answers, but I can't seem to find any.
Yours in Christ,
Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:24 pm
Okay - a little more research and it seems that the Natchez crepe myrtle might be the one...
I guess my next question would be how much should it be watered once they are planted? They will be 2-3 feet when they arrive.
Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:29 pm
Once established you should'nt have to water them that much. I have some now in Cedar Park that I only water occasionally. Maybe a few times during the summer.
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:45 am
Tey157 wrote:Once established you should'nt have to water them that much. I have some now in Cedar Park that I only water occasionally. Maybe a few times during the summer.
How old are yours? What I'm wondering, though, is how much I need to water them once planted. I know that I need to water them throrougly immediately after planting so as to settle the soil...
But one website (can't remember which one) recommends watering them once a week if you have not had any rain that week...
But how MUCH do I give them?
Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:20 pm
Yes, once you get them in the ground once a week should be fine to get them established. Mine are over 7 years old now. It's better to give a deep watering than shallow waterings. I would turn the water hose on very slowly almost a drip and place it next to the trees for 20-30 minutes. Just enough to soak the soil.