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Indian crape myrtle: The stunning garden plant you need

This is what Lagerstroemia indica looks like.
This is what Lagerstroemia indica looks like.
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11:31 AM EDT, June 6, 2024

Are you looking for a showy plant of considerable size that is easy to maintain and will beautify your garden for many months? We have the perfect candidate, a great alternative to the more popular hydrangea.

Tending to a garden can be a genuine hobby for many people and can have therapeutic benefits. If we dream of a well-kept, harmonious space that will delight us with its colors, we must carefully examine various species of flowers and shrubs.

One increasingly popular plant fascinates with its colorful "fluffy" flowers and impressive size. In American conditions, it can grow up to 10 feet! Additionally, it will delight our eyes with beautiful inflorescences for up to four months a year. What else characterizes the Indian crape myrtle?

Garden gem. It will make a splash in the garden

The Indian crape myrtle is an ornamental tree from Asia. It always attracts attention thanks to its undeniable aesthetic values. Its extraordinary flowers only open in the evenings, after sunset, and most often appear in shades of pink or purple.

Although the Indian crape myrtle has come to us from another continent, it adapts well to American conditions. How can you make it grow beautiful and healthy? First of all, make sure to plant it in a sunny spot. The more access to light, the more abundant this plant's flowering will be.

It is remembered that the crape myrtle likes fertile, slightly acidic, and well-drained soil. Poorer soil will require good drainage. A considerable advantage of this tree is its frost resistance.

Caring for the Indian crape myrtle. There is one "catch"

We must also remember proper watering. The Indian crape myrtle requires regular watering. The soil under this plant should always be moist but not excessively wet.

Fertilization is essential in the spring-summer season to provide the plant with all the necessary nutrients. Learning to prune it properly will keep the plant in shape and promote healthy growth.

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