pale crepe myrtle

michael1846(6)July 9, 2014

Is my new tree pale or am i just crazy?

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

It does look a bit pale. Is that crushed limestone on the ground? If so, might be a bit chlorotic from high pH.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:06PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

how newly planted ...

soil is not going to have that big an impact all that fast ... i am thinking years.. not days.. or months ...

what i dont get is why the lawn looks no better in your pic .. which leads me to think we cant comment too deeply on this pic alone ... i blame the camera ... lol

how about a little history of this plant... like where are you.. how planted.. soil amendments .. watering protocol ... heat waves drought ... bigboxstore??? .. potted.. ball and burlap ... etc ...

i can not.. and will not.. speak to whether you are crazy ... lol ..


    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 2:39PM
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It was more of a quick buy from a big box store because i had a giftcard :) i just got it last night .... it was not all that expensive so if it dies it was free.... it has GREAT roots. I think it might have just been cared for badly where i got it.���
(The lawn looks bad because im not a "lawn" person, if it all died i would not be sad....more room for other plants)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:41PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

lol.. i wasnt criticizing the lawn.. i was pointing out its hard to determine the color of the plant... when the pic shows the color of the lawn to be off ... and then i moved my screen.. and .. well.. what can i say ... lol ...

if its been tortured at bigboxstore since early spring.. i think you have your answer ...

i dont favor fert'g new transplants...

lets see if there is some new growth and what color that is ...

was it root bound.. did you loosen the roots and get them into actual soil????

i might think about some very light fert in early fall ...

review the link for mulching and watering .. that is your only prime concern right now ...

i dont grow CMs .. not in MI ... but if some others suggest you can slather on the fert.. go with what they say ... but i still wouldnt.. lol ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:06PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Your crApe myrtle may not be pristine, but it looks good enough to have an excellent chance of making it as long as it was planted correctly and is well cared for for the next few months until it becomes somewhat established.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 10:03PM
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Hey thanks! I will wait 4 weeks to let any ferts go away. If it does better i will update:) thanks for the link btw :)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:01PM
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