As a proud Crape Myrtle owner part of your gratification is its vibrant, long lasting blooms it offers in spring and summer.
However, you can continue that bloom well into the fall by trimming them back now. If your Crape Myrtle has about 15-20% bloom left, it’s time to cut it back. Cutting it back now will encourage new growth and new blooms. Crape Myrtles are fast growing, so don’t worry about cutting too much.
To follow is a suggestion as to how much to trim off in order to encourage new growth and bloom based on its size:
Crape Myrtle Height:
2-4’: trim berries off only
4-8’: trim 1-2’ off
10-14’: trim 4’ off
14-18’: trim 6-8’ off
We also recommend following up with fertilization after trimming in order to intensify the next round of gorgeous blooms!