The KPRC Radio Gardenline Tip By Randy Lemmon For 07-24-03 Printer-Friendly Version
The Crape Myrtle Chronicles
Since I'm getting hammered with questions about Crape Myrtles, I thought it would be appropriate this week to pull information from three of our past email tips to encompass all that is being asked about the Crapes. The beauty of this week's tip sheet is that you only need got to that aspect which is piquing your Crape Myrtle interest. In other words, you don't even have to read my short little paragraphs explaining each tip sheet, for you can simply link on the bolded line that is appropriate to your question.
The first question I'm getting a lot of right now is sort of multi-tiered, regarding insects and black sooty mold. Remember, the black sooty mold is almost always a symptom that you have insect problem. And for Crape Myrtles it could be aphids or it could be white flies. Whatever the case, the answers are in this email tip from last year.
BLACK SOOTY MOLD - INSECT INFESTATIONS
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_07-18-02.htm >
The next most often asked question at this time of the year with regard to Crapes, has to do with another fungal-type subject. But these questions are about the white film that seems to dust the leaves of the Crapes right after wet, humid, cooler-than-normal nights. This is affectionately referred to as White Powdery Mildew, and this is what we had to say about it just this past spring.
WHITE POWDERY MILDEW
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_05-15-03.htm >
Lastly, it's also at this time of the year that many folks want to know if there's any way to prolong their blooming season on these wonderfully colorful landscape specimens. And there is. We covered this subject in detail last July, and here are the tricks to prolonging such Crape Myrtle Blooms.
PROLONGING THE BLOOMING SEASON
< http://kprcradio.com/pages/listenernewsletter/GardenTalk_07-04-02.htm >
Until next issue, here's to
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