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Biloxi, MS

August 5, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #8020786

A few years back I purchased a pair of white-blooming "Natchez" variety crepe myrtles,
transferred them to large stock pots and set them behind my greenhouse to grow for a
while. A year later I decided to plant them in the ground and found that they had grown
through the bottom of their pots. It required the services of a pruning saw to free them.
Both were successfully planted, but that's not the point of this. Every piece of root that
remained in the ground put up vigorous shoots. I had a virtual forest of crepes. My first
thought was to spray them with Roundup and be done with them. Instead, I decided to
dig and pot the volunteers. I now have half-a-dozen growing tall and a whole lot more
awaiting their turn to be dug up, an inexhaustible supply. What I can't give to friends, I
will probably donate to a garden club to plant in public spaces. "Natchez" will top
out at about 30 feet, so they will make for some attractive medium sized trees.
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

August 9, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #8028522

How nice! They would make a beautiful stand of trees for the landscape.I'm sure many garderners on dave's would love a sapling of the white variety.

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