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Myrtle- Crape (Lagerstroemia indica)

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Bonsai Care

Noted for its decorative bark the outer grey layer of which peels away to reveal rusty brown to pink patches. The tree also displays showy flowers which range from deep lilac, through pink, to white. Leaves are mid-green, oval with a pointed tip.

STYLE : Suited to informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade and root-over-rock styles.

WARNING : Crape Myrtles MUST have a sufficient dormant period. Maintain winter temperatures between 7-10 degrees centigrade and allow light levels to fall when bare of leaves.

Care Info

REPOT : Every 1-2 years in spring.

SOIL : Free draining soil 60:40 grit:organic.

PRUNE : Heavy branches, along with pruning to shape, should take place in autumn.

PINCH : In spring cut back new growth to 2 or 3 leaves. Flowers will appear on the new shoots.

WATER : Water well in growing season up to flowering. Keep moist in winter. Too much water during flowering will cause flower to drop prematurely.

FEED : Every 2 weeks with low nitrogen during growing season. Nitrogen free in autumn.

WARNING : Crape Myrtles MUST have a sufficient dormant period. Maintain winter temperatures between 7-10 degrees centigrade and allow light levels to fall when bare of leaves.



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