Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) - 50 Seeds

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Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) - 50 Seeds

• Heirloom
• Non-GMO
• Deciduous
• USDA Zone: 6-9

The Crape Myrtle, known for its stunning, colorful blooms and low maintenance, is a remarkable addition to any garden. This multi-stemmed deciduous tree, native to Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, graces landscapes with white, pink, red, or lavender flowers from mid-June, continuing to enchant for up to 120 days. Beyond its striking inflorescences, the Crape Myrtle's bark, which exfoliates in beautiful patterns, along with its vibrant autumn leaves, adds year-round interest to gardens. This frost-tolerant tree thrives in full sun and well-drained soils and can reach up to 20 feet in height with an equal spread, providing ample shade and habitat for songbirds. Recognized for its beauty and hardiness, the Crape Myrtle has earned accolades in gardening communities worldwide, including the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

A decoction of its flowers has been used for its medicinal properties adding to the tree's utility.

Soak and water and let stand for 24 hours. Floating seeds will germinate. Next, cold stratify the seeds for 30 days. Fill 4” or 6” pots with seed starting mix and saturate the soil. Insert 2 seeds per pot 1/16” deep and mist with water. Cover pots with a ziplock bag, misting only when the soil dries. Keep pots in a warm, sunny indoor spot, optionally using a heat mat for germination, which takes 3-4 weeks. Once sprouts reach 2 inches, remove the bag and mist regularly. Move plants outdoors to a partial sun spot, away from afternoon sun, when a foot tall. Keep the soil evenly moist until early fall, ready for transplanting to a permanent location.