Crape Myrtle Sioux
Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Best Planted In Zone: 7-10
Through summer and fall, the Sioux Crape Myrtle is sure to be a traffic-stopper in your front yard. In the summer, this myrtle produces a mass of beautiful, bright coral-pink flowers, and in the fall, the tree continues to stun with its maroon, autumn foliage. The Sioux is a medium-sized myrtle reaching a height of about 15 feet. It experiences about 90 days of flowering, is very hardy, and exhibits a high mildew resistance. It is hardy in Zones 7-10.
USDA ZONES:Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
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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.