Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a conservatory or greenhouse grown type of plant that can grow 3m – 8m tall and 3m – 8m wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica).
This plant has several common names including: crape myrtle, crepe flower or Indian crape myrtle.
This is a deciduous plant that takes 20-50 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: crape myrtle, crepe flower, Indian crape myrtle
Scientific name: Lagerstroemia indica
Plant type: Conservatory & Greenhouse, Shrubs, Trees
Height: 3m – 8m
Spread: 3m – 8m
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Well drained
Garden type: City & Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Mediterranean Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Wall-side Borders
Other characteristics: RHS Award of Garden Merit
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is not a demanding plant regarding the type of soil and can grow in chalk, loam or sand.
The chalky soil is pale and contains chunks of calcium-rich rock. It is a fertile and well-draining soil, almost always alkaline.
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Lagerstroemia indica likes to grow in well drained soil.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) should be grown in full sun places.