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 Post subject: Crepe Myrtle Trees -- peeling their bark
PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:04 am 
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I have three crepe myrtle trees, newly planted this year which are shedding their bark. They flowered out beautifully and otherwise look healthy.

Is this usual for them or can I help them if it is a sign of distress?

Thank you --Grower


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:26 am 
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They are supposed to do this as they grow.

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 Post subject: Crepe Myrtles - Peeling their bark
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:19 am 
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Thank you for letting me know that this is normal. It is a relief -- will they peel their bark every year at this time?

I water them twice a week. Is the proper amount? I also fertilize monthly.

The area they are planted in is rocky, I mean really rocky (white slate rock), but it drains well. I thought we had hit the conteninal shelf when their holes were dug!

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I'm not sure when the bark peels, probably when there's been some growth. Their smooth trunks are beautiful after they lose the rough bark.

Watering is never on a schedule. Water when they need it. They like moist, but not wet soil.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 6:34 pm 
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Yeah, mine did a whole 'Dance of hte Seven Veils' strip last month.

Near as I can tell, the more bark strips off, the more the thing grew and needed it.

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