In the picture above there are three crape myrtle cuttings that rooted successfully. I have several more cuttings in the garage that I accidentally pulled the roots off of when I tried to remove them from their container but I came close to 100% success. Those cuttings may re-root if left alone for a little while.
Here's How I Propagate Crape Myrtles:
- I took several suckers from an established crape myrtle that is around 15-20 feet tall. It's a tree form crape myrtle, which I prefer over the shrub-like form that is a result of improper pruning (i.e. crape murder). I tried to cut each stem cutting just below a node. The node contains the auxins that are necessary for root production.
- I used rooting hormone on the cut ends then stuck them in sand and watered.
- Then I waited and watched. I watched for new growth to form from the buds above the sand.
- Once the stems had some budding on them I pulled gently on the cutting . If there was resistance it probably had roots. To remove the cuttings from the sand use a spoon, fork, or other small utensil to pry it up from underneath.
- I potted them up and put the cuttings back that needed more time.
That's all there is to it. Crape myrtles are great flowering trees for your landscape and have awesome fall colors. Now you can make a few for yourself for next to nothing!
On a side note, sometimes crape myrtles will root in water!
Here are some other posts on propagating plants:
- Propagating Plants: The Basics of Cuttings
- What in the World are Plant Patents?
- 10 Easy Plants to Propagate for Your Home Garden
- Red Twig Dogwood
- Dwarf English Laurel
- Pyracanthus Augustifolia
- Butterfly Bush Cuttings Making Progress
- Adventures on a Warm Winter Day (Progress report on Butterfly Bush Cuttings)
- Holly Cuttings
- Burning Bush (Euonymous alata)
- Purple Leaf Plum Propagation
- Russian Sage Cuttings (Plant Propagation Update)
- 5 Days 4 Catmints (Nepeta faassinii)
- Propagating Perennials: Russian Sage, Salvia, and Coneflower