• Long lasting red blooms
• Highly drought tolerant
• Resistant to mildew
Just like its name suggests, the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle™ shoots up like a rocket, and gives you beautiful red flowers from early July to September. 100 days of blooms!
Red Rocket Crape Myrtles can grow up to 5 feet or more a year, and give you abundant blooms. Reaches a mature height of 20-30 feet. Spreads out 15-20 feet wide. Plant 10 feet apart for a beautiful flowering privacy screen.
Imagine lining your property with these gorgeous red flowering trees! One of the truest red blooms you can find on a crape myrtle. Its dark green foliage compliments these bright flowers. The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle blooms start light red the first year and then get deeper each year.
This extraordinary crape myrtle is extremely cold hardy, thriving in Growing Zones 6-9.
Red Rocket trees are easy to grow. They are highly drought resistant and require only average amounts of water once established.
Your new tree has a well developed root structure that will support rapid growth. Our Red Rocket Crape Myrtle trees have been pruned before spring to strengthen the root system so they will adapt quickly and easily to your region. This also gives you a fuller tree, faster growth and thicker blooms during the summer months.
Plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. Crape Myrtles can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Make sure that your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle doesn't sit in a low area that collects standing water. Plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtles at least five feet apart for a hedge or privacy screen. Red Rocket Crape Myrtles will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Let your soil dry to the touch down about two inches in between waterings. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant and will only need extra water during absence of rainfall. Fertilize your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle early every Spring with a fertilizer that's high in nitrogen and prepare for the show. Red flowers start blooming every summer and last into the Fall when the green leaves turn a bronze red. The blooms start off light and get darker as the season progresses.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle.
If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.
First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.
Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.
Next, separate the roots of your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.
The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.
To make it just right, use a level.
As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.
Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
Water your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.
To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
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