Crape Myrtle - First Editions® Midnight Magic™
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9.
Plant Quick Guide
Full (6-8 hours)
- About First Editions Magic
Midnight Magic produces rosy-pink blooms continue to arise in great numbers from mid-summer through early fall, set against foliage of darkest purple to richest burgundy. The foliage withstands sweltering southern summers without scorching a leaf! The foliage also displays exciting new colors, as well as superb resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew. Midnight magic has a more rounded, compact growth habit than its sister Moonlight Magic. At maturity, it will reach a height and width between 4-6 feet. USDA Zones: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
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First, decide on a planting location. Pick a nice sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole about three times as wide as the root ball. Place the potted plant in the hole to make sure the hole is large enough. Make sure the top of the root ball is even with surrounding soil. Then remove the pot and place the plant back into the hole. Fill in around the roots with the soil, using your foot to firm it. Spread mulch 2 inches deep over the top. Make sure to water thoroughly using a hose not a sprinkler. Fertilize a new crape myrtle in early spring, beginning in March or early April. Add 1 teaspoon of a general-purpose fertilizer once a month until August, spreading the fertilizer evenly over the soil around the plant. Mature crape myrtles need to be fertilized in early spring when the plant begins to actively grow and again in early summer to encourage blooming.
To help crape myrtles retain water, mulch with organic matter 2-3 inches deep, making sure to keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Water regularly until established. Remove dead branches any time and prune weak branches back in the spring in order to encourage a strong and productive tree.
The Magic Series from First Editions is a selection of intermediate size crape myrtles that is highly resistant to disease, delivering shining healthy foliage and blooms all summer long. Magic crape myrtles also hold their leaves and blooms into fall, making them a great alternative to purpleleaf plums, which are usually defoliated by August.