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Old 05-02-2015, 04:55 PM
 
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We planted a Natchez crape myrtle last summer and it dried out with the winter frost I believe. I wanted to know if those are shoots from the tree or weeds growing near the bottom. Is the plant worth salvaging if those are shoots? We had a company plant the tree and the soil wasn't amended. We watered about 3 times a week for the 1st few months and it looked good until winter's harshness hit. Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:35 PM
 
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You can move those shoots and they will grow into trees. Crepe Myrtles usually look dried up after the winter...give it a little time and hopefully it will come around. If not, those small ones coming up around it will grow up in no time. I grew several trees from the same little scrawny shoot and they are all huge trees now. It only takes a couple of years for them to grow larger.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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We planted a Natchez crape myrtle last summer and it dried out with the winter frost I believe. I wanted to know if those are shoots from the tree or weeds growing near the bottom. Is the plant worth salvaging if those are shoots? We had a company plant the tree and the soil wasn't amended. We watered about 3 times a week for the 1st few months and it looked good until winter's harshness hit. Thanks for any help.

Crepe myrtles are deciduous, they lose a lot of leaves in the winter and what is left are dry. Mine always has little shoots coming up from the soil, just cut them down if you don't want them.

They should be pruned no later than mid February; prune the "stray" branches around the lower third of the tree. If it doesn't start blooming by first week of June, I'd call the company that planted it if they guarantee their work and have them replace it. I have 4 in my yard, and they are thriving, but they look dead at the moment.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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Crepe myrtles are deciduous, they lose a lot of leaves in the winter and what is left are dry. Mine always has little shoots coming up from the soil, just cut them down if you don't want them.

They should be pruned no later than mid February; prune the "stray" branches around the lower third of the tree. If it doesn't start blooming by first week of June, I'd call the company that planted it if they guarantee their work and have them replace it. I have 4 in my yard, and they are thriving, but they look dead at the moment.
Right. And for pity's sake do no hack the limbs back, aka crape murder. Your local extension agency can give you excellent information about how to prune it.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Right. And for pity's sake do no hack the limbs back, aka crape murder. Your local extension agency can give you excellent information about how to prune it.

Thanks Sue, but my landscaper does a great job, and the myrtles are beautiful and growing older gracefully. They do a great job.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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So, I should wait until around June to cut back the dead branches to see if they have any life? And leave the shoots to grow? The company didn't have any warranties with their work. I'm new to gardening, so I'm in need of lots of help. Thanks for all the advice
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:38 PM
 
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So, I should wait until around June to cut back the dead branches to see if they have any life? And leave the shoots to grow? The company didn't have any warranties with their work. I'm new to gardening, so I'm in need of lots of help. Thanks for all the advice
Nope..you prune in the winter...I usually do it in late January/February. Pruning instructions:

How To Prune A Crape Myrtle
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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Ok, thanks so much
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