Whether developing the dwarf types only 2 or 3-feet tall, or the greater cultivars that achieve 30-feet tall, crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) offer curb charm and elegance to practically any home. Hardy from U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 7 to 9, the crepe myrtle is a deciduous tree or shrub recognized for its exfoliating bark and vibrant blooms throughout the summer months and into fall. It is possible to grow myrtle, while myrtles are usually propagated by cuttings.
Inspect your myrtle plant in the fall after flowering to appear for dry, black or brown, marble-sized seed pods clustered. Hold a bowl beneath the pods as they are pinched by you, allowing the disk-shaped seeds belong to the bowl. Collect the seeds that are dry right into a glass jar and shop on the winter months in a cool, dry location.
Fill personal quart-size pots using a a mixture of equal parts potting soil and seed-starting medium. So the soil is moist to the touch, but not soggy, moisten the soil combine using a spray bottle.
Plant two seeds to the middle of every pot only 1/4 inch deep in spring as the days start to lengthen. Lightly cover with Â½ on the seeds – to 1 -inch-deep of sphagnum peat moss without packing the moss down. Mist the moss on leading to moisten it carefully.
Move the pot into a sunny window. Place a clear bag inverted over the pot to keep moisture in the air throughout the soil. Leave the seed to germinate past a period of 2-3 months. Spray the soil using a mist that is light only if it seems dry.
When your seedling is 2 to 3″ tall remove the bag. Water the pot frequently as frequently as required to keep the soil moist over a period of four to six months before the plant is 1 foot tall.
Move the myrtle seedling outside into a location that is sunny, ideally with afternoon shade. Continue to water and care for the plant in its container until youâre prepared to transplant it both in early to mid-summer or drop.
Plant the myrtle in to an acidic, properly-drained s Oil where it’s going to be in a partly shaded region of your house. Plant as deep as it sits in your container. Water the plant carefully if transplanted in summer to make sure the seedling doesnât dry up in the warmth of the the summer season.