Crape Myrtle 'Purple Magic'
Lagerstroemia 'Purple Magic' (Crape Myrtle) is a compact, deciduous shrub with abundant clusters of crinkly, vivid purple flowers at its branch tips in early summer. They emerge amidst the spring foliage of bold, red tinted new leaves, creating a brilliant display. In the heat of summer, the foliage gradually matures to glossy green, setting o the rich purple flowers. This crape myrtle will rebloom in late summer if the first flush of flowers are deadheaded.
A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought and heat tolerant. Water regularly until established. To help crape myrtles retain water, mulch with organic matter.
Crape myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring. Remove dead branches
Perfect as a specimen plant or for foundation plantings. Effective as a screen or informal hedge in mild winter areas.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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