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Pruning Crapemyrtles after Bloom


This has been a spectacular Crapemyrtle year. The rains that we had this spring made them bloom beautifully, but unfortunately they've done what they're supposed to do; they've bloomed and now they've produced fruit. If we'll cut this fruit off these little pods we can make them bloom again later on this summer.

You can see we've already got some pods here formed, and they're little hard balls, and then we also have some new sprouts wanting to form on this Tonto Crapemyrtle that we have here. All you need to do to make all the energy of the plant go from forming these seeds, which we're not interested in seeing, to the new blooms which we'll have coming out on this particular sprout right here, is just simply cut them back.

This is the case for a lot of other things such as the Pride of Barbados - it makes a little seedpod, it's true for the verbena that needs to be cut back now so it will re-bloom when it gets cooler, and also true for the lantana. So go ahead and cut your plants back. Cut these seedpods off and they'll bloom again and be pretty for you this fall.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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