and soil cultivation:
- Planting and soil cultivation: Fertile
soils are obviously the best, however CrapeMyrtles adapts to other
types of soil as far as they are not arid or clayey. During summer,
the plant requires a weekly, abundant watering, thus a drip irrigation
system is advisable
- Planting: On the market, are only available
CrapeMyrtles in pots, although it is possible to achieve good results
cultivating cuttings in soil. Independently from the climatic area,
the planting must always be carried out during springtime (from April
to June), never during the winter months. It is essential to plant
the bushes in the soil, in rows distant enough to ensure that the
plants receive enough air and light. On the contrary, in order to
produce a tall or medium-height plant, it is essential to set the
rows at short distance, forcing the CrapeMyrtle to develop in height,
while searching for light.
- Fertilizing: During the winter months,
fertilize with manure only once. During spring time fertilize with
nitrogen-based fertilizers and, when foliage begins, add potassium
and phosphor fertilizer. Never stop fertilizing, including when the
plant is fully grown.
- Climate and exposure: Crapemyrtle loves
the sun. Ensure it is well exposed, or its flowering will be scarce
and the plant will be probably attacked by oidium (see: diseases).
It lives well throughout the Mediterranean region and in general in
all temperate climates. Crapemyrtle resents the cold, although some
varieties are more resistant than others.
- Propping: : In small trees cultivation
and for medium height plants, use a post prop, in order to reach the
desired circumference. The bushes do not require this technique.
- Roots: Unlike many other garden plants,
the roots of Crapemyrtles offer the advantage of not damaging old
walls or footpaths. In fact, its roots system is not much expandend,
even when the plant is fully grown.
- Reproduction: The plant reproduces by
cuttings, generally carried out by specialized firms. Good results
are also obtained planting the cuttings in soil during the first half
The lagerstroemia is a delicate, slender plant, yet it is reasonably
resistant to diseases. Usually, it is affected by two different pathologies:
aphids and oidium. Providing the season progresses evenly, both diseases
can be overcome with three, yearly treatments.
- Aphids: (Commonly known as “lice”).
During the spring-to-summer period, check frequently the lower part
of the leaves; once you detect the lice, act immediately:
- In the nursery: use specific anti-aphids products; the first treatment
must be carried out using a cycle-destroying product, for the other
treatments use pest-destroying products.
- In the garden: you can easily find specific and efficient anti-aphids
products in any agricultural shop.
- Oidium: (Commonly called the “sulphur
disease”). You can easily ensure if the plant is affected by
this disease by checking the new buds frequently: if you see a thin,
whitish film, it is the time to intervene:
- In the nursery: in order to avoid wasting both time and money, it
is advisable to mix every anti-aphids treatment with an anti-oidium
product, thus preventing and/or curing both problems.
- In the garden: products such as pure sulphur (to dust on the plant)
or water-diluted sulphur (to sprinkle on the plant) are easy to find
in any agricultural shop. The problem is solved