how to root cuttings from crepe myrtles?

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

How would I go about doing this? I seen some in town that I really liked, and thought maybe I could start them from cuttings. Would they grow pretty quickly, or are they slow to start?
Do I use potting soil, use root hormone?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

A search provided this link to step-by-step instructions:

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

thank you!

(Tracey) Mobile, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks for this information. I have several crepes. I'm excited to be able to add more without having to purchase the amount of trees I would like to add.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

here is a pic of what I did so far.

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springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

here is another. They have wilted some, there is just as much below the pot as above and I stripped the leaves off below and then watered them and sat them in the shade. did I do ok?

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Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

I thought it was rare to get roots from a flowering branch. I'd clip and poke before flowering, then the energy would go toward rooting, instead of flowering and seeds. I also use Quick Start by MG. With everything.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

oh, dear, I hadn't thought about energy going towards the flowers instead of roots. well the truth is, there were flowers all over it! Hard to find much that wasn't flowering!
should I snip off the flower heads on the top?

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

I've tried it and it didn't work but that's me. It's worth a try for you.
That quick start really works though.

but don't forget to label the plant like I do

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springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

oh, they are the same so labeling is no big deal to me. well if it doesn't work, I will just have to order some I guess.
Hoped to save some money by starting some of my own, but I am terrible at this type of thing. Of course they are all wilted and starting to turn brown, but I figured they would do that, I will just keep them damp and see what happens.

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

The seeds of the crepe myrtle are very easy. You can have 200 plants of you want.
Here's a thread I was following

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

wow, so the seeds will sprout and come up in my flower beds all over the place? I sure hope not!

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

I don't know, I grow things mostly wild, there isn't fancy soil or fertilizer or sprinklers going around. I don't see any in my yard.
WOW, check this out,
in the comments they say invasive...

I had to stop reading that thread, but you being from Mousurwhatever, upper northern way :-) If it was me I'd be growing lilacs. Boy do I miss my lilac tree. I've had no problems with crepe myrtle and just try growing some of your seeds and please remember to show us what the results are.
good luck.

This message was edited Aug 1, 2010 6:52 PM

(Zone 9a)

This is a true story I have often told here on DG. Many years ago we bought house and the previous owners had planted 2 crape myrtles in a wooded area of the yard. We found these trees stretching their branches looking for sun. It was fall so we cut the long, straight branches off and layed them in a pile in the woods to use as tomato stakes next spring. We then transplanted the CM's to a sunnier spot and they did fine. Come spring I planted the tomatoes with the sticks from the woods and by July I noticed the strangest leaves on those tomatoes. LOL, all the CM sticks had rooted and leafed out. Who would have thought after just laying in the woods all winter they would sprout, but they did and we had several dozen beautiful young trees for family and friends.

Crape myrtles are invasive where I am living now but in the colder climates you will be fine. You can even root longer cuttings but be sure to cut those flowers off.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

ok, well I didn't cut them off, I just pulled off the seed thingies?
I thought cutting the 'wood' part, might cause the stick to lose moisture? They look really awful :(
patience will tell I guess...

Christiana, TN(Zone 6b)

I root roses and quince by just sticking the cuttings in the ground after the wet season starts in fall. I have rooted many this way. Do you all think it would work for CMs also.
There is a house on my way into town. They have an awesome crepe myrtle I have never seen anywhere else. It is a perfect clear light pink and blooms profusely. I think it is about 4-5' tall by 7-8' wide. Very graceful beautiful habit. Might anyone know what variety it could be? If I can't find it I think I will stop at their house and ask to buy some cuttings. Do you think they would mind if I did that?
I HAVE to have this shrub.

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

I cut and run, hurdle fences and everything.

No, I was only kidding, don't try that at home.

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Christiana, TN(Zone 6b)

LOL!!! That's what I really want to do under cover of night. :-P

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)


Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

well, just don't do that in Texas.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 6b)

They would probably enjoy sharing with you. It's a compliment to their garden. ;-)

My CM's have little ones that pop-up along the roots. Just dig and plant. There may be some small ones growing underneath their CM.


Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

Like my sweetgum? I dig a hole anywhere under the sweetgum tree and a little tree pops up that next spring. Like when the root gets cut? Or is it seeds popping up?

Christiana, TN(Zone 6b)

I do plan to ask them later this year when the weather is right for sticking cuttings.

Marshfield, MA

Well I'm pleased to know it is so easy to root CM. However for whatever reason I have a 10 out of 10 failure rate. I will try again but might be a little late in the season to have to worry about wintering over.

I used a nice light mix of perlite, peat and a little potting soil to keep the perlite from floating. I cut the flowers off some pencil size semi hard shoots and kept them moist and even misted and they all failed rooting hormone and all!!

It's to bad because it is the first CM that has survived for me in 6b. I think it's called "Red Velour" but I'm having a little trouble reading the embossed copper label. I did have some success on other woodies this year so I'm OK....The Acuba took very well and it's suppossed to be hard and the CM all croaked and their easy. Go figure.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

Mine just look like little dead sticks in pots :(

But I am still keeping them moist. I have hope they may be alive inside and are just making roots, maybe they will grow something green ?

Lecanto, FL(Zone 9a)

The plants or trees you are getting the clippings from, are they sprouting new leaves where you made that cut? They should be by now. Take a clipping of that growth, about 5 or 6 leaves long (clipping will have 5 or 6 sets of leaves).Use clean dirt, microwave it wet in a bowl about 12 minutes, it's a big bowl, let it cool, and stick the little suckers in there. I use Miricle Grow Quick Start, 1/2 capful to a gallon of water. Put them in the shade (winter sheltered) and leave them alone until spring.

Marshfield, MA

Hey worm.. I just went out in the first good rain we have had in months to check and one or two of the spots where I took the cuttings from are showing some decent internodal activity!!

Maybe tommorow I will try to find a few to cut. It's sounds easy enough although they will winter in a cold but not freezing garage.

I guess I will just leave the cuttings that look dead right where they are. I'm sure they would still pass the thumb nail test so maybe I might get a couple out of it anyway.Maybe they are just resting.


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