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Lagerstroemia Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemie kaufenIf you buy a Lagerstroemia, you will receive an exceptional ornamental shrub for the Mediterranean-style garden, which has magnificent, funnel-shaped inflorescences and is more beautiful from year to year. Characteristic of Lagerstroemias is the “crease-look” of countless, small, single flowers, which, viewed from a distance, unite into wonderful clouds of flowers.

But not only the flowers are responsible for the enormous attractiveness of crepe myrtle, as the plant is also called, the shrub or tree pleases with wonderful autumn colouration and a distinctive, multi-stemmed growth habit. Its beauty is underlined by the decorative, marbled, loose bark in a light grey and brown colour, reminiscent of sycamore trees. Lagerstroemia indica particularly enjoys a sun-drenched and warm location, as it originally comes from tropical and subtropical areas. If you give this plant the ideal location, it is almost unrivalled in terms of the amount of flowers it produces.

Anyone who has once seen a Lagerstroemia as a stately boulevard tree in southern regions is impressed. In our latitudes, Lagerstroemia is still mostly kept as an easy-care container plant; however, the plant now has the potential to grow north of the Alps into a beautiful, small tree. This is also due to the breeding success that has produced robust, compact growing and early flowering varieties. There is a lot to be said for planting a Lagerstroemia and Lubera® has put together an assortment of outstanding varieties for you.

Buy a Lagerstroemia – and bring the South to your home

In addition to its flowers in white, pink or purple, the crepe myrtle scores with its low maintenance, fairly rapid growth and good drought tolerance. New varieties also have excellent mildew resistance. Take a look at our extensive Lubera® range and choose your favourite!
Here are a few examples:

  • 'Violet d'été' shines in a light violet colour and has pretty early flowering
  • 'Neige d'été' has a ton of white, gorgeous flowers that are reminiscent of summer snow
  • 'Petite Red' forms beautiful, blood red flowers and is the ideal container plant due to its compact growth habit (all Petite varieties are best suited for pots).
   
 
Lagerstroemia 'Fuchsia d'été'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Fuchsia d`été', hardy,...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Neige d'été'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle, Neige d'été '- summer snow in flower...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Pink'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Petite Pink', hardy, continuous bloom...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Red'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Petite Red', hardy, with lush, red...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Petite Snow'

Lagerstroemia indica. Crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Petite Snow' – super-compact...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Rose Fuchsia'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Rose Fuchsia', pink flowers from July...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Rose Indien'

Lagerstroemia indica, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Rose India', offers holiday moods in...

£30.40 *

Lagerstroemia 'Violet d'été'

Lagerstroemia, crepe myrtle, crape myrtle 'Violet d'été' - purple flowers from July to...

£30.40 *

   
 

General Information about Lagerstroemias

Lagerstroemie kaufenLagerstroemia indica has many names: crepe myrtle, crape myrtle or Pride of India. It is originally from China and belongs to the family Lythraceae. In its homeland it is also called the “lilac of the south”. You often see it there as a street tree, which can take on impressive proportions. In our latitudes, it grows rather as a shrubby potted plant, which is covered with flowers until autumn. Depending on the weather, the lush bloom begins in July or in late summer. In rare cases it can happen that a very bad summer produces only a few flowers, and this also very late in the year. But new varieties (available here!) that bloom earlier and are more winter hardy promise relief! The triumph of the Lagerstroemia of the north continues.

Hardiness

If you buy a Lagerstroemia, moderate frost is tolerated. One can say that a Lagerstroemia is conditionally hardy, but the thermometer should not show temperatures lower than about -15°C. This means you can try to plant Lagerstroemia in the garden if you are not living in a harsh situation for Central European conditions. If the tips of the shoots freeze in cold winters, that does not matter so much because the branches should be cut back every year anyway. The flowers form at the end of the newly grown shoots. Since basically a few degrees below zero are well tolerated, you can start to overwinter the plant in a container after the first frost, which is also beneficial for the plant’s health and the abundance of flowers next year.

Buying Lagerstroemia – location

For a Lagerstroemia to flower reliably, it needs plenty of sun and heat. Find a suitable place in the garden or on the terrace, e.g. in front of a bright house wall, always protected from the wind. The site should definitely be in full sun, which means that the plant can use all the unhindered sunlight it can get from morning to evening. A back wall of heat-retaining bricks is ideal because the heat benefits the plant. The soil in the garden should be rich in nutrients, moderately moist and permeable to water. Too much lime in the soil is not conducive; there should be a balance – a pH of 7 or slightly acidic is optimal.

Planting

If you buy a Lagerstroemia you should definitely plant it deep in the ground in the garden (5 to 10 centimetres below the upper edge of the root ball. This allows the plant to regenerate much better after a frost. Work horn shavings or compost into the planting hole.

Planting in a container

The container should already have a volume of at least 50 litres at the beginning. You should choose a high-quality potting soil e.g. our Fertile Soil No. 1 – which only requires repotting after about 3 to 5 years. To ensure the drainage, your container should have a drainage layer (gravel) in the lower area and stand on a wooden surface because waterlogging is the enemy of all Lagerstroemias.

Care

The nutrient requirement of a Lagerstroemia planted outdoors is moderate; if the plant is well established, you do not need to fertilise it frequently – and if you need to, then rather in the spring. Directly after planting and in the second year, you can add a slow-release fertiliser (50 grams of Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser Plus). In the third year, the plant only needs half the amount.
Once a week starting in May, you can apply a liquid fertiliser (Frutilizer Instant Bloom) to a container plant when you water it. Already in March you can apply the above-mentioned Frutilizer seasonal fertiliser once (20 grams per 5 litre of container volume) and spread it as evenly as possible into the potting soil (make holes for it).
In the garden, the plants are dependent on additional watering only in the first years. Short-term dryness is well tolerated; waterlogging in the root area, however, should be avoided.

Pruning Lagerstroemia

In our latitudes, growing crepe myrtle unfortunately does not initially focus on the attractive bark, as it can only be admired on large shrubs. When pruning, it is rather crucial to first grow a compact shrub, which then reaches a maximum height of about 2 metres. For this, cut the young plant back to the ground (10 to 15 centimetres) in the first years. The flowering is still guaranteed, as a Lagerstroemia blooms from July on newly formed wood. After about 3 to 4 years you can start the attempt to cut back higher up (first at 100 centimetres, later higher). But you have to know that this is at the expense of the flowers – the flowers will not be quite as big.

Buying Lagerstroemia – the correct winter protection

Young and freshly planted out shrubs should be protected. In the first four years you should cover the root area of the shrubs (in the radius of 50 to 70 centimetres) with straw or a layer of leaves (about 10 centimetres thick and about twice as high directly near the branches); possibly cover the plant additionally with fleece. And for anyone who wants extra work: it is advantageous to also shade the branches. Use spruce brushwood for this. This measure prevents cracks in the bark that occur in the event of severe temperature fluctuations.

Since crepe myrtle is deciduous, the winter site can turn out dark when the plant is planted in a container. The site should then be cool with temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius. In the middle of April or beginning of May, the plant can be brought outside again – you should possibly let it sprout in a bright, warm intermediate location starting in April. For the health of the plant, the indoor overwintering time should be as short as possible! Basically, the sooner the plant receives light and heat, the sooner the new growth and flowering will start. Since mistakes can often occur when overwintering the plant in the house, it is also possible to overwinter the plant outdoors. For this, the container should be placed in a sheltered, shady spot and the plant should be wrapped twice with fleece. During the overwintering period the plant needs only a little water. However, the soil should not completely dry out.

 

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