Crape Myrtle Bonsai Project, Short Delay

There has been, unfortunately, a slight delay with the re-potting of the crape myrtle into the bonsai tray.

Mid-week, having moved the tree to its indoor (green house like) location last weekend, I noticed that many of the older leaves that were falling off were sticky. So was the floor around the tree.

“Uh oh.”

I’d seen this before. Soft scales. So, horrifying chemical treatments have been purchased, and treatment has begun. I’ll look tonight and see if it needs a second spray.

Re-potting, because it will involve removing a lot of roots, will not begin until the tree has recovered.

The good news is that I have all my wire (for tying the roots into the pot) and soil components and whatnot.

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2 thoughts on “Crape Myrtle Bonsai Project, Short Delay

  1. I didn’t realize Crape Myrtle could be “Bonsai’d!” I live in “the Crape Myrtle City” of Lawrenceville GA. Gee, that sounds like fun – but I’ll have to seek out a Bonsai expert – maybe down at the Trappist Monastery in Conyers GA.

    • Any tree can be a bonsai with enough care and patience, although some are certainly far more likely candidates than others. Crape myrtle are so forgiving of significant pruning and so apparently malleable they seem like an obvious choice to me.

      Houston is pretty awash in them, as well, which is a big part of what has created the inspiration.

      Trappists who are bonsai experts… that sounds intriguing.

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