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How to Grow Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

Updated on June 11, 2013

Growing Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

Crape Myrtles are gorgeous, ornamental trees grown for both flowering and foliage. They are commonly found in the south and adores for their beautiful blossoms. You can grow crape myrtles from cuttings quite easily with the right techniques. Knowing the correct way to grow crape myrtles from cuttings will you be more successful at producing healthy plants.

Crape myrtles can be grown from cuttings using both hardwood and softwood cuttings. Hardwood cuttings will root over the winter while dormant and softwood cuttings will root in 3 to 4 weeks.

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What You Will Need to Grow Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

What You Will Need to Grow Crape Myrtles from Cuttings

Softwood Cuttings:

Crape Myrtle Cuttings 4 to 6" Long

Well-Draining Soil

Rooting Hormone

Small Pots or Flats

Hardwood Cuttings:

Crape Myrtle Cuttings 6-8" Long and ½ " Wide

Well-Draining soil

Pots Deep Enough to Plant Cuttings 6" Deep

Beautiful White Crape Myrtle

Beautiful White Crape Myrtle
Beautiful White Crape Myrtle

Take Your Crape Myrtle Cuttings

Choose a healthy, mature crape myrtle that is free of diseases and pests. Softwood cuttings can be taken anytime from June through September using stem cuttings or cuttings from new shoots. Use new growth that is still green and fresh. Cuttings should be 4 to 6 inches long and about the side of a pencil, maybe a little smaller. Hardwood cuttings should be taken in late fall or early winter using 8 inch cuttings that are ½ inch in diameter.

Prepare Crape Myrtle Cuttings

Start by preparing the soil for your crape myrtle cuttings. Choose a soil that is well draining but retains moisture. Water the soil thoroughly and allow it to drain completely.

Softwood Cuttings

If you are using softwood cuttings remove the leaves from the bottom half of each cutting. Dip each cutting into fresh water and tap off the excess. Next, dip the cutting into rooting hormone and plant 2 to 3 inches deep. Do not allow the leaves to touch the soil. If need be, trim the leaves to or remove the bottom row to avoid them contact with the soil.

Once the crape myrtles cuttings have been planted water them in and allow them to settle. Place cuttings in a greenhouse or protected area in indirect light. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Prevent leaves from drying out by using a misting system or misting the leaves with a spray bottle daily. Crape myrtles will root in 3 to 4 weeks depending on the growing conditions.

Hardwood Cuttings

Hardwood cuttings need to be planted deeply. Plant nearly the entire cutting leaving only one inch of wood above the soil. Water the cuttings and allow them to settle in.

Cuttings placed in a greenhouse will have adequate protection. Cuttings left outside in the elements should be mulched several inches to prevent the soil from freezing and damaging the cuttings. After new growth appears in the spring remove mulch and harden off cutting by slowly introducing them to full sun over 5 to 7 days.

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Purple Crape Myrtle Just Beginning to Bloom

Purple Crape Myrtle Just Beginning to Bloom
Purple Crape Myrtle Just Beginning to Bloom

Fertilizing Crape Myrtle Cuttings

Once crape myrtle cuttings have rooted and begin to put on new growth fertilize with a general purpose fertilizer at half strength. Over fertilizing can injure or kill tender cuttings.

Pink Crape Myrtle

Pink Crape Myrtle
Pink Crape Myrtle

Transplanting Crape Myrtle Cuttings

Crape myrtle cuttings can be transplanted once the cuttings have rooted and put on new growth. Transplant the rooted cuttings to a larger pot with well-draining soil and bright light. Keep soil moist but not soggy.

Once cuttings are well established you can continue to water and fertilize them as you would other crape myrtles. Be sure not to over fertilize and continue to use a general purpose fertilizer at half strength until cuttings are about a year old.

Crape myrtle cuttings can be planted in the landscape once established but keep in mind that they may still be extremely tender come wintertime. When planting young crape myrtles in the landscape their first winter roots should be mulched heavily in the winter to prevent damage. Wrapping with burlap or clothes is recommended in freezing temperatures.

Keeps young plants watered until they are well established in the new landscape. Mulching will help preserve water and prevent drought.

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Crape Myrtles Available on Amazon

Online sites are a great way to find rare and new breeds of Crape Myrtles. Amazon has Crape Myrtles available from both hobby and commercial growers.

How to Grow Crape Myrtles

Now that you have rooted your Crape Myrtle cuttings continue to grow them into beautiful trees with the right techniques. How to Grow Crape Myrtles includes everything you will need to know on how to grow, prune, fertilize and protect your Crape Myrtles so that they grow in to lovely trees and provide plenty of blossoms year after year.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a crape myrtle in my front yard but have just discovered about 15 young plants in my back yard that look like the cm tree in the it possible they are crape myrtles and they propagated on their own>>

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wonderful lens. was reading on crape myrtles and found this one. keep it up.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      We have three crepe myrtle trees in the backyard. These are gorgeous when in full lboom in reds, pinks and whites. I have not grown them from cuttings but it is good to know. Thanks for sharing.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Gorgeous. This is a great lens with lots of useful information, and the pictures are stunning.