How to plant crape myrtle tree


How to Plant Crape Myrtle Trees

Crape Myrtles are one of the best trees for summer flowering. They come in a wide variety of colors and heights, but they all have very much the same needs when it comes to planting them. Your new Crape Myrtles have arrived and you are about to plant them. This guide will give you directions, tips and ideas for giving your tree the best start in its life with you.

In a Nutshell

– Remove all packaging
– Water the tree in its pot
– Choose a suitable planting site for the needs of your tree
– Prepare the soil
– Dig a hole the depth of the pot
– Put the tree in its hole and replace most of the soil
– Water well, let the water drain and put back the rest of the soil
– Put a mulch around your tree and water regularly

Getting Your Crape Myrtle Trees Ready to Plant

The very first thing to do is un-wrap your trees. Remove all the wrapping materials, remove the trees from

the box and remove any wrapping around the trees themselves. Leave the tree in its pot until you are ready to plant.

If you receive your trees in winter – which is a great planting season as long as the ground is not frozen – then of course they will have no leaves on them. That is normal – as soon as spring comes your tree will send out its fresh, new leaves and begin to grow.

Move your plant around by picking up the pot – do not lift it by the trunk or stem.

Care Before Planting Time

Your trees have been on a journey and they will be a little stressed, so place them in a shady part of your garden and give them a good watering. Do not put them in the garage, a shed or in the house, even if it is cold outside. After a couple of days in the shade, move your trees to a sunny location, they will live happily in pots for some time as long as you care for them. Remember to water every day or every second day, depending on how warm the weather is – do not let the pot become completely dry, but don’t water a pot that is already damp. If it does become very dry, place it in a bucket and half-fill the bucket with water so that the soil can soak completely.

Choosing a Planting Location

Crape Myrtle Trees need plenty of sun, so choose a bright sunny spot for your planting. They are idea for those hot, dry places where other plants do not thrive, so take advantage of that and use them in places that can be hard to fill. They will grow in shadier spots too, but you will get fewer flowers the shadier it gets.

If you are planting a screen, remember that if you plant right on your property line your neighbor has a legal right to cut back your tree to the property line, which may not look very nice, so plant well inside your property so that you have control over the growth and pruning of your tree. Allow at least three feet back from that line – for larger types of Crape Myrtle five feet is better.

Setting Out Your Planting

If you are planting a screen of Crape Myrtles, space the plants according to how tall they will become. If they will grow over 20 feet tall, allow six to eight feet between each plant. For smaller plants allow four to six feet and if you are planting a low hedge of very small varieties, allow two to three feet.

If you are planting against a fence, plant at least three feet from the fence, not right up against it, or your plants will not be bushy right to the ground.

For a more solid screen you can even plant a double row, staggering the plants in each row. Place the rows three feet apart and the plants between six and ten feet apart in the rows, depending on their final size.

For a group planting of smaller varieties, space them 75% of the final width apart. So if each plant will grow four feet wide, plant three feet apart. This will create an attractive solid group.

Preparing the Planting Site

Good soil preparation is the key to the success of your tree. Crape Myrtles enjoy a soil that has some organic material in it, but it must be well-drained and even if it becomes completely dry in summer that will not be a problem. Whatever your soil is like, use it. Do not try to dig a hole and fill it with soil you bought somewhere else. If your soil is poor, just use extra organic material.

You goal is to make a large area of looser soil that the young roots can penetrate easily, getting food as they go and establishing quickly. You need to have an area at least three times the diameter of the pot, dug as deep as your spade will go. Add some organic material to the soil as you dig. Almost any kind of organic material is good, among the best are well-rotted animal manure; garden compost; any ‘top-soil’ from a garden center; or peat-moss. A bucket per tree is about right, but less is OK too, Crape Myrtles are tough plants.

In addition, trees need fertilizer to help develop their roots. This can be rock phosphate or bone-meal or any kind of superphosphate. There are many ‘tree planting’ fertilizers available too and they all work well, so whatever is available will be fine.

Remove roots of weeds from the area and any stones bigger than your fist. Smaller stones can be left and it is not a good idea to sieve the soil to remove smaller stones they are best left in and can help with drainage.

Turn over the soil, mixing the organic material and fertilizer into it and then level it off and get ready to plant. Save some of the organic material you used to mulch your tree after planting.

Preparing the Tree

The evening before you are going to plant, give the pot a good soaking with water. If the root ball is dry when you plant, it may stay that way and cause your tree to suffer from dryness even if the surrounding soil is damp.

Digging the Hole

Now dig a hole in the exact spot where you want your tree to be, making it twice the diameter of the pot, but only just as deep. If you have dug the soil deeper than that, use your foot to press down the soil in the bottom of the hole, to form a firm base beneath the tree. This is to prevent it from sinking deeper than you want in the hole after you have planted it.

For row planting of smaller varieties it can be easier to take out a trench along the planting line, rather than dig individual holes.

Removing the Pot

Take your tree to the planting hole and slide the pot gently off. You may need to tap the edge a couple of times to release the roots, but it should slide out pretty easily. Usually there will be plenty of roots filling the pot and the root-ball will stay together and not fall apart at all.

If it looks like the soil is going to fall off the roots, don’t worry, that is easily dealt with. If you tree is dormant, with no leaves, then just let any extra soil fall into the planting hole. If your tree is growing, with green leaves, then leave it in the pot, take a sharp knife and cut around the bottom of the pot and remove the base. Then get someone to hold the pot together while you cut down the side of the pot. Tie a piece of string around it to hold together while you plant.

Planting Your Crape Myrtle Tree

Now place the tree in the centre of your hole, checking that the top of the root-ball is level with the soil around it. This is very important for crape myrtle trees, the roots must not be buried deeply. It is best to still be able to see the top of the root ball when you have finished planting.

Replace about three-quarters of the soil in the hole, pressing it down around the roots of your tree. If you have left the pot on, do the same thing, but when you have finished, cut the string holding the pot together and gently work the cut pot out of the soil. Finish firming down the soil – a gentle foot pressure or firm hand pressure is about right.

Watering Your Tree

Now fill the hole with lots of water, letting it soak down into the ground and into the root ball. Use plenty of water and then wait until it has all drained away. This will give plenty of water around the roots, where it is needed.

Finishing the Planting

Now put back the rest of the soil, firming it gently down. Make sure you have only covered the top of the root ball with a very little soil, or no soil at all. If you can still see the top of the root ball, that is fine – crape myrtles do not like being planted deeply in the ground.

Make sure the soil is not sloping away from the tree, but flat, so that when you water it will stay around the tree, not run away. Some gardeners like to make a low wall of soil around the tree, at a spot about twice the diameter of the pot, to retain water. This is a fine thing to do, but not absolutely necessary. Put a layer of organic material over the root area, two to three inches deep and then water the whole area thoroughly.

Planting in a Container

Crape Myrtle trees grow well in pots or planter boxes and they will live for many years in a large pot. Make sure the container you choose has drainage holes, this is vital. Use a soil for outdoor planters from your local garden center or add some shredded bark, perlite or Styrofoam chips to regular potting soil, about 1 part to 4 or 5 parts of potting soil is ideal. This will improve the drainage and protect your plants from ‘wet feet’. Cover the drainage holes with a small stone and use soil right to the bottom of the container – a layer of gravel is not a good idea and does not improve drainage.

Make sure your container is large enough for there to be soil beneath and around the root-ball. Only cover the root-ball with less than an inch of soil. Water the container thoroughly after planting and then whenever it is dry several inches down in the pot. Apply a tree fertilizer each spring, or use a liquid fertilizer regularly as directed on the container. Leave your tree outdoors in the winter; it needs a period of cold weather. If you live in zone 5 or 6 it is a good idea to bring the dormant tree into an unheated shed or garage to protect it from cold damage, since the roots are damaged by cold easier than the branches are. An alternative method of protecting the roots is to dig a hole in the garden and bury the pot for the winter.

Staking

Normally staking is not necessary. Modern arborists prefer to let the wind strengthen the tree, and stakes often cause breakage of the upper part of your tree. However, if you want to train your crape myrtle tree into a single stem, then you will need to use a strong stake to support that stem while it is young, and to keep it straight and upright, but after that it should be removed once a small upper crown has developed. The stems of crape myrtle thicken quickly, so watch that the ties do not become too tight.

Follow-up Care of Your Crape Myrtle

Until your tree is established and has spread out its roots, it will need regular watering. How often depends on the weather, but a good, slow soaking once a week is usually best. Soak the whole area around the tree, not just up against the trunk.

Remove flower heads as they fade as this will encourage more flowers to form. After the first year, your crape myrtle tree will not need watering, except during extended periods of drought, or if you see the leaves drooping. Of course trees in containers will need regular watering.

So that is it. Your new Crape Myrtle Tree is set for a great life and will reward you with more and more beauty every year as it quickly develops into a perfect specimen. A little care really pays off.

How To Plant a Crape Myrtle Tree or Shrub from the Experts at Wilson Bros Gardens

Have you ever seen a dead crape myrtle? I haven't, unless it got struck by lightning or was planted in constantly soggy or wet soil and drowned to death. When planted right and in the right spot, crape myrtle are one of the easiest flowering trees you'll ever grow.

Here's a breakdown of what you need to know...

Cultural Preferences

Soil

Crape myrtle tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay. They prefer a well-drained but moist soil.

 

How To Test Soil Drainage 

If you are uncertain about soil drainage in the area you intend to plant your crape myrtle, it's well worth taking the time to test the drainage. To test soil drainage, dig a hole 12" wide by 12" deep in the planting area. Fill the hole with water and let it drain. Then, after it drains, fill it with water again, but this time clock how long it takes to drain. In well-drained soil the water level will go down at a rate of about 1 inch an hour. A faster rate, such as in loose, sandy soil, may signal potentially dry site conditions. A slower rate indicates poor draining soil and is a caution you need to improve drainage, plant in a raised mound or bed, or look for plants that are more tolerant of wet or boggy conditions.

Soil pH

Crape Myrtle grow best in an acid to slightly acid soil ranging from 5.0 to 6.5 on the pH scale. Most average garden soils fall between a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. 

Testing Soil pH 

Soil pH is a measurement of the alkalinity or acidity of soil and is measured on a scale of 1-14, with 7 as the neutral mark. Any measurement below 7 indicates acid soil conditions, and anything above 7 indicates alkaline. If you're unsure about the pH of your soil, or whether or not it's suitable for growing crape myrtle, it's a good idea to test the soil pH in the planting area. You can quickly test soil pH with an inexpensive soil pH tester probe. To raise the pH (make more alkaline) you can add pelletized limestone to the soil. To lower the pH (make more acid) you can apply Soil Sulfur, Aluminum Sulfate, or Chelated Iron. Adding organic compost to the soil or using compost as mulch can also help to increase acidity and maintain acid soil conditions.

Learn More:  What is Soil pH and How To Adjust It?

Light Needs

Crape myrtle grow and flower best in full sun. A little shade is tolerated, however the best flowering occurs with at least 6 hours or more of direct sunlight per day. The more sun the better! 

Planting Crape Myrtle In The Ground

Scroll down for container planting instructions

TIP: Water the root ball deeply before removing your Crape Myrtle from its container.

Step 1

Start by digging your planting hole at least three times as wide and as deep or not much deeper than the root ball of your crape myrtle. The wider the hole the better. Place native soil removed from planting hole around the perimeter of the hole, in a wheel barrow, or on a tarp.

Step 2

Depending on the type, fertility and porosity of the soil in the planting area, it may be beneficial to amend the native soil. When planting your crape myrtle in dense clay or other compacted soils it is beneficial to thoroughly mix in some bagged top soil or a good planting mix at a 50/50 ratio with the native soil removed from the planting hole. When planting in very sandy, quick-draining soil you might want to consider mixing in some top soil, peat moss and/or compost to help retain moisture. When planting in well-drained but moist soil of average fertility there is no need for adding a soil amendment.

Step 3

To remove your crape myrtle from the nursery container it was growing in, firmly grasp the tree or shrub by the base of its trunk and try to gently lift and remove it from its container. If the root ball is stuck in the container either cut the container away or place the plant on it's side and tap on the side of the container to loosen the root ball. After having removed the plant from the container, use your fingers or a claw tool to loosen some feeder roots around the surface of the root ball. If root bound, you can spray the sides and bottom of the root ball with a stream of water from a garden hose. This will help to wash away some soil from the exterior of the root ball making it easier to loosen roots.

Step 4

If you are planting in well-drained soil set your crape myrtle in the planting hole so that the top edge of the rootball is at or slightly above ground level. If your soil drains slowly, holding water for an extended period of time after rainfall or irrigation, the top of the root ball should be 2 to 3 inches above ground level. If necessary, add some backfill soil mixture to the bottom of the hole to achieve proper planting height. 

Note: If the soil is poorly drained (constantly soggy or wet) either improve drainage or plant the root ball in a raised mound entirely above ground level or select a different plant species more tolerant of wet soils.  

Step 5

After setting your crape myrtle in the planting hole, use one hand to hold the tree straight and your other hand to begin back-filling your soil mixture around the root ball, tamping as you go to remove air pockets. When you have filled the hole to the halfway point you can soak the soil. Then continue back-filling to the top edge of the root ball. If you are planting higher than ground level taper your soil mixture gradually from the top edge of the root ball to the ground level, as shown in the planting diagram above. To avoid suffocating your plant, avoid placing any soil on top of the root ball. You can place mulch on top of the root ball later. 

Step 6 (Optional)

When planting crape myrtle in a location that is far from a water source, and that has well-drained soil, you can use remaining soil mixture to build a water retaining berm (catch basin) around the outside perimeter of the planting hole. This basin will help to collect water from rainfall and irrigation often reducing the need for hand-watering. The berm can be removed after a year or so when your tree has established itself.

Step 7 

Next, deeply water the planting area, including the root ball, to a depth equal to the height of the root ball. For an extra boost, to stimulate early root formation and stronger root development you can also water you newly planted crape myrtle with a solution of Root Stimulator, which reduces transplant shock and promotes greener, more vigorous plants.

Step 8

To conserve moisture and to suppress weed growth, apply a 1 to 2" layer of cured, shredded or chipped wood mulch or pine straw around the planting area. As the mulch decomposes it will add vital nutrients to the soil that your plant will appreciate. Avoid the use of freshly chipped or shredded wood for mulch until it has cured in a pile for at least 6 months, a year is better. Avoid placing or piling mulch directly against the base of your crape myrtle as doing so could cause the bark to rot.

Planting Crape Myrtle In A Pot

Crape myrtle growing in pots appreciate a moist but well-drained soil. Constantly soggy or wet soil can and often will cause root rot or other harmful or deadly plant diseases. Therefore, when planting a crape myrtle in a container or pot I recommend using a quality potting soil or potting mix, or a 50/50 combination thereof. You can also add about 10% pumice or perlite to the soil mixture to help with drainage. 

Make sure to choose a container with drainage holes at the bottom and one that is large enough to allow for 2 to 3 years of growth before having to shift up to a larger size container. This might mean your planting pot would be 6-8 inches or more in width than the root ball of your crape myrtle. 

Note:  Keep in mind the wind. When planting taller growing trees in containers, wind is always a factor. Choose a pot with a low profile and make sure to place your container where it will not be exposed to high winds. Square pots tend to be more stable than round pots. You can also place a brick(s) or other heavy objects in the bottom of the container to help stabilize it.  

Container color will matter as well. Not only will you want to pick a container color that goes well with the flower and foliage color of your crape myrtle, you'll also want to pick a container that matches the style of your home or other structures and other plants in the surrounding environment. 

Many nursery & garden centers offer a wide variety of containers to choose from. Before heading out to buy a container take pictures of your home and the surrounding environment. Doing so will help you to choose just the right color and style.

Container Planting Instructions

Step 1

Before filling your container with the soil mix, we recommend lining the bottom with shade cloth or a porous landscape fabric. This will keep the drain holes from becoming stopped up with soil. 

Step 2

To remove your crape myrtle from the nursery container it was growing in, firmly grasp the tree or shrub by the base of its trunk and try to gently lift and remove it from its container. If the root ball is stuck in the container either cut the container away or place the plant on it's side and tap on the side of the container to loosen the root ball. After having removed the plant from the container, use your fingers or a claw tool to loosen some feeder roots around the surface of the root ball. If root bound, you can spray the sides and bottom of the root ball with a stream of water from a garden hose. This will help to wash away some soil from the exterior of the root ball making it easier to loosen roots.

Step 3

Pour a small amount of your soil mixture in the bottom of the container. Set your crape myrtle in the container and make necessary adjustments by adding or removing some soil so that the top edge of the root ball will sit 1" or so below the rim of the container.

Step 4

Backfill with your potting soil around root ball, tamping as you go, until the level of potting soil is even with the top edge of root ball.

Step 5

Water thoroughly until water starts to drain from the holes in the bottom of the container. Add more potting mix if settling occurs during watering.

Step 6 (Optional)

Apply a 1/2" layer of wood chips or sphagnum moss to soil surface to help conserve moisture. You can also incorporate low growing, spreading plants in your container planting that will serve as a permanent soil cover.

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Myrtle tree - how to transplant and propagate, the main diseases of the plant

Indoor plants are an excellent decor for almost any interior, they refresh the environment, making it alive. One of the exotic representatives of the flora, emitting a bright aroma, is the myrtle tree. If you decide to buy yourself such a plant, it makes sense to get to know him better.

Myrtle tree - description

The name in Greek sounds like "balm" because of the high concentration of essential oils in flowers and leaves. Myrtle is a plant that has high decorative qualities, it does not take much time to care for it. Room representatives of myrtle have more than 50 species. Due to its beauty, it is highly valued by interior designers. Currently, the following types of wood are grown at home:

  1. Common myrtle . The most popular type. It has smooth leaves and small flowers.
  2. Myrtle Tarantino . Dwarf tree with a dense crown of small size.
  3. Variegated myrtle . The leaves are round with white spots.

What does a myrtle tree look like?

Main features:

  1. The trunk diverges into a lush crown, consisting of a large number of branches. Indoor myrtle flower grows up to a maximum of 1 m.
  2. White, pink or cream colored flowers exude a strong fragrance and grow small. Depending on the variety, they can be located singly or in groups. The first flowering occurs in the fifth year and lasts from late spring to mid-summer.
  3. Myrtle leaves are dense, with a slight sheen, they are slightly pointed towards the edge and sit on short petioles. Through the veins that run through the entire surface, fragrance and essential oils are released. The leaves are used as a seasoning for meat or as an additive to drinks.
  4. The fruits are dark blue edible berries, from which tinctures, tea and various additives for dishes are prepared.

How to plant a myrtle tree?

In order for the plant to take root easily and bloom fully every year, it is important to follow certain rules. Indoor myrtle is planted as follows:

  • prepare a pot with drainage holes;
  • acquire land for coniferous plants;
  • fall asleep a layer of expanded clay and earth;
  • place the sprout and cover the area around with the substrate;
  • lightly tamp and water.

Myrtle Tree Soil

Soil can be purchased ready-made or mixed by yourself. Earth for myrtle should consist of several components, which are used in the following portions:

  • sod land - 1 part;
  • humus - 1 part;
  • peat substrate - 1 part;
  • sand - 0. 5 parts.

Myrtle Tree Pot

Growing at home causes the plant to grow in width. The myrtle pot should be 2 cm larger than the previous one. For proper growth, it is optimal that the size of the flowerpot is half the size of the crown. In addition, it must have holes for drainage and a tray to drain excess water. You need to pay attention to high and at the same time wide pots. It is important that the structure improves the access of oxygen to the ground, prevents waterlogging and excludes strong heating.

In order to see the flowering myrtle tree in the future, you need to choose a pot from the following materials:

  • clay;
  • fireclay;
  • ceramics.

Myrtle tree - care

Ornamental varieties are not demanding to care, it is important for them to choose the right place for full growth and flowering. Myrtle loves good lighting, but the rays must be diffused so as not to burn the leaves. In general, home care for a myrtle flower includes the following steps:

  • correct lighting without direct sunlight;
  • regular watering;
  • fertilization;
  • trimming;
  • transplant;
  • pest control.

Watering the myrtle tree

The plant is very moisture-loving, so it is strictly forbidden to allow the soil to dry out at any time of the year. In addition, myrtle at home needs to be sprayed, especially on hot and dry days, this should be done daily. In spring and summer, watering is carried out after the top layer of the earth has dried. In winter, the amount is reduced to a minimum.

Water should be soft and warm, it is better to use boiled or settled water. Once a week, the myrtle tree should be watered with a liquid, with the addition of a small amount of lemon juice or acid. In the absence of these components in the ground, the root system will not be able to fully strengthen. In addition, the tray can be placed in slightly moist expanded clay, but it is important to ensure that the bottom of the pot does not touch the water.

Myrtle tree fertilizer

During active growth, the plant needs weekly feeding. Caring for a myrtle tree includes several directions, which depend on what you want to get:

  1. For flowering use nutritional supplements with a large amount of phosphorus.
  2. To stop growth in height, fertilizers with nitrogen in the composition are taken.
  3. For lovers of greenery, a complex fertilizer for deciduous crops is suitable.

Pruning myrtle tree

The evergreen plant tolerates shearing well, so if desired, its crown can be given any, even the most bizarre look. Crown formation is divided into two types:

  1. Pruning . Such actions help to give the crown the desired shape. If this is not done, over time, the myrtle tree independently forms a pyramidal crown. The plant can be pruned 2 years after planting. Pruning is done in autumn or winter, reducing the branches by 1/3 of the length.
  2. Pinching young shoots . Such care for the myrtle flower is carried out at any time of the year. Thanks to this, it is possible to increase the density of the crown, but at the same time the number of flowers will be significantly reduced.

The plant is formed in the form of:

  • bush - pinch the main cutting at a height of 10 cm;
  • on the stem - remove the sprout above 20 cm;
  • as a bonsai - pruning is carried out in the second year.

How to transplant a myrtle tree?

Such manipulations can only be carried out in spring, and immediately when buying a new plant. Young trees are transplanted annually, adults - every 4 years. The first sign that the time has come is the appearance of roots on the surface. Myrtle in a pot is transplanted as follows:

  1. The plant is not watered for several days, so that the clod of soil moves away from the walls of the pot.
  2. The myrtle tree is removed by holding the base at the roots, with the earth and examining the roots.
  3. Expanded clay drainage is poured into a new pot.
  4. Spread a thin layer of earth.
  5. Place the plant in the pot so that the neck is below the top of the pot.
  6. Fill the remaining area with earth mix.
  7. Compact and water abundantly until the water seeps into the pan.
  8. The water is removed and the surface of the earth covered with vermiculite.
  9. A new adaptation pot is placed in a shaded area for three days.

How to propagate myrtle tree?

You can increase the number of plants in the following ways:

  1. Cuttings . A myrtle tree propagated in this way at home will bloom 4 g after planting.
  2. Seeds . A complex process, flowering occurs 2 years later than the previous method.

Seed myrtle tree

The process is labor intensive and requires patience to produce a new plant. The propagation process includes the following steps:

  1. Preparation of a wide container with an earth mixture of peat and sand in equal proportions.
  2. Myrtle seeds are immersed in a growth promoter solution for a couple of hours.
  3. After the time has elapsed, they are laid out on the surface of the soil at a distance of 1 cm from each other.
  4. Sprinkle everything with a thin layer of earth and cover the container with foil or glass.
  5. Place the container in a bright room where the temperature is between +18…+20ºС.
  6. So that the soil does not turn sour, it is necessary to carry out daily ventilation.
  7. The soil should be slightly damp.
  8. The first sprouts of the future myrtle tree appear after 14 days.
  9. After the appearance of two full leaves, the seedlings are transplanted into separate pots.
  10. The next transplant is carried out only after filling the pot with roots.

Cuttings of the myrtle tree

Procurement of material proceeds as follows:

  • cut cuttings 7 cm long;
  • part of the leaves are cut;
  • is soaked in root.

Propagate domestic myrtle as follows:

  1. Select wide containers and fill them with a 1:1 mixture of earth and sand.
  2. Before planting cuttings, the soil is well moistened.
  3. The material is immersed to a depth of 5 cm at a distance of 10 cm from each other.
  4. The container is covered with foil, creating the effect of a greenhouse.
  5. Keep it in a room with diffused light at a temperature of +16…+20ºС.
  6. Ventilate and humidify periodically.
  7. Rooting occurs by the end of the month. The first sign of this is the appearance of new leaves.
  8. After 2 months after planting, they are seated in different pots 10 cm high.

Diseases of the myrtle tree

Evergreen perennial resistant to disease and attack by pests. However, if you do not follow the rules of maintenance, the myrtle flower can get sick. The tree is affected by the following pests:

  • aphids;
  • thrips;
  • spider mite.

To get rid of these problems, it is necessary to improve the conditions of the myrtle tree, and at the same time, with the help of a stream of water, clean the leaves of pests. After that, the whole tree is treated with insecticides, for example, "Akarin", "Bona Forte" and "Green Soap". The number of treatments and proportions are indicated on the package or in the instructions for the drug. In order not to harm the myrtle tree, you must strictly follow the instructions during the preparation of the solution and its application.

Why does the myrtle tree wither?

A similar thing happens with a house plant, only if it is not given proper care. The following situations can serve as reasons:

  • poor or irregular watering;
  • dry air;
  • temperature violation;
  • improper feeding;
  • exposure to direct sunlight;
  • spider mite attack.

Myrtle (Myrtle tree). Magical and healing properties of Myrtle

Myrtle tree is a relatively new plant in our homes. Another name for the tree is Myrtle . This indoor plant is not yet very common with us and you can meet a flowerpot in which Myrtle grows in far from many houses.

Myrtle tree is not only an ornamental plant. It is believed that Myrtle has the magical properties of and can also bring a lot of benefits for our house and health . So let's learn as much as possible about Myrtle, and I'm sure that after reading you will go to the shops in search of this plant.

Let's start with where the myrtle tree came from. The journey of this plant began from the southern countries. It began to spread relatively recently. He began his journey around the world only in the 17th century and he began to disperse around the world very quickly.

History of the origin of the myrtle tree

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In fact, there are not so many historical references to Mirtha and its history is very scarce, but it is shrouded in legends far and wide.

The most widespread legend is that Myrtle brought Adam to earth from paradise. The legend says that when God expelled Adam and Eve from paradise, Adam was so grieved that he simply could not leave just like that, he took with him at least a small piece of paradise. This piece was a small twig of a small tree with small leaves, it was exactly a myrtle twig. Adam sprouted and planted a twig on the ground as a reminder of heavenly life.

There is also a legend that Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty, wore a wreath of myrtle. This wreath was the reason that Paris recognized Aphrodite as the most beautiful. It is believed that from that moment the myrtle is considered the sacred tree of Aphrodite. The Greeks to this day put a small sprig of myrtle under the pillow of every newborn girl so that she grows up as beautiful as the goddess Aphrodite herself.

There is another legend connected with Aphrodite. Under the branches of the myrtle, Aphrodite made a promise of eternal life to her beloved Adonis. Based on this legend, myrtle began to be considered a plant that links the world of the living and the dead. People involved in magical rituals to this day use myrtle in their rituals to connect with the world of the dead.

According to another legend, again associated with the goddess Athena, it is believed that once there was a running competition and the nymph Myrsina won the competition, beating Athena herself. She was so enraged by the victory of the nymph that in a fit of anger she killed her. But Athena immediately came to her senses and remembered how much she loved Mirsina and began to cry over her body with prayers to the gods to leave with her at least a particle of her beloved nymph. The gods believed in her repentance and took pity, turning Mirsina's body into a Myrtle tree.

Myrtle and Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a whole science for well-being and prosperity in every home. Myrtle in this science took a very honorable place. Its value in this science is very great and the positive effect of the plant has been proven for centuries. Let's find out about its energy benefits for your home.

If you believe in Chinese philosophy, and these people are far from stupid in matters of energy, then myrtle will be beneficial in the areas of love, health, wealth. In the countries of the East, this plant is simply an indispensable assistant for your well-being.

Myrtle in the love zone

If you are a lonely person and cannot find family happiness and meet your love for a long time, then you definitely need myrtle. This tree, located in this zone, helps attract love energy to you, and you will meet your destiny faster.

If you are already a married couple, you also need myrtle. Chinese science says that the myrtle in the bedroom of the spouses located in the love zone strengthens the marriage bond, the spouses quarrel less often and find a solution to problems related to relationships and understanding much easier. Also, myrtle will help spouses, in whose family conflicts often arise against the background of jealousy, in the east it is believed that myrtle calms the feeling of jealousy.

Myrtle in the zone of wealth

Myrtle in the zone of wealth contributes to the activation of energy, which attracts wealth and inflow of money into the house. The better you take care of it, the better it will grow. The myrtle tree, which will be located in the zone of wealth and grow well, will increase your wealth.

Myrtle in the health zone

In the health zone myrtle activates positive energy and helps to improve health. The Chinese recommend carrying out all procedures to improve health in this zone, close to the myrtle. Myrtle is useful not only for energy in the health zone, but also in general for its properties, which we will consider later.

Magic properties of myrtle

Myrtle has been considered a magical plant for many centuries and has been used in various rituals and as amulets.

To increase wealth, it is recommended to put a small sprig of myrtle in your wallet, it is believed that it will attract money to you.

Sprigs of myrtle are used to make beads and bracelets. Such jewelry is recommended to be worn by women, and even men, to preserve their beauty and youth. It is also recommended not to remove such jewelry during cosmetic procedures, it is believed that myrtle will enhance their effect.

It is recommended to wear a love amulet made of myrtle. To do this, put a dried flowering sprig of myrtle in a small bag and wear it around the neck under clothes. Such a talisman will attract love to the lonely. It is also believed that such a talisman will become a talisman for any woman, protecting her from encroachment on her honor.

It is recommended that spouses wear such a talisman, and both at once. Such a talisman-amulet will protect the spouses from betrayal and jealousy.

Myrtle must be placed in the house next to the entrance. This tree will protect your home from negative energy. It will protect you from ill-wishers, neutralizing the energy emanating from them, which can harm you. So myrtle, absorbing negative energy, immediately attracts positive energy, thereby cleansing your home.

Signs associated with the myrtle tree

Myrtle must be planted only by the mistress of the house. To bring you maximum benefit. It is necessary to land it only in a good mood and in beautiful clothes. When planting myrtle, the hostess should only think about the good mentally thanking the tree for the fact that now it is growing in your house. The owner of the house should look at the myrtle every morning and mentally thank the owner of the house for planting it. So positive energy will flow into the house and there will be prosperity, love and prosperity in the house.

The flowering of the myrtle tree is equated with the beauty and purity of a virgin bride. If myrtle has bloomed in your house, then prosperity in all areas will surely flourish in your house, but its withering does not bode well. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of him very carefully and with great love.

Health Benefits of Myrtle

Myrtle is like a first aid kit in a pot on your windowsill. If you treat it carefully and know how and when to apply it correctly, you can greatly help your health by simply planting this beautiful plant.

So why is it useful and how can it be used? Myrtle will do you good even if he just stands in the room. It serves as just an ideal air filter, no product can purify the air as well as myrtle does. It completely kills all bacteria and viruses around it, thereby disinfecting the air in your home. This is due to the fact that its leaves secrete phytoncides, which destroy all bacteria in the air.

Winter is always a period of colds, and in summer no one is immune from them. At the first manifestations of a cold, it is enough for you to tear off a leaf from a branch and chew it. The leaf will secrete juice, in which there are many essential oils that can fight colds. It is not necessary to swallow the leaf, it is enough to chew and swallow the saliva with the juice of the leaf. Even if you don't like the taste, don't drink the water for at least 5 minutes.

Myrtle has a unique property, this plant has the ability to fight streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus. It is recommended to put it in a children's room where small children live, who are more susceptible to bacteria and can bring them from kindergarten. It's just incredible, but even the smallest tree can kill up to 20% of streptococci and up to 40% of staphylococci.

A decoction of myrtle is a very effective remedy for the treatment of throat diseases, it is able to overcome even purulent tonsillitis. It is used as a gargle for the throat, it is very important that such a gargle can be used to treat even small children. This remedy is completely natural and does not contain any chemical additives, which is very important when treating children.

Myrtle is effectively used in the treatment of herpes. As a treatment, lotions from myrtle infusion are used. You can also attach and hold a well-rumpled myrtle leaf, from which the juice came out.

Myrtle decoction and infusion is used for eye diseases. They are used as eye lotions as well as tea lotions, by the same method.

Alcoholic infusions are made from myrtle leaves. Such an infusion is effectively used in the treatment of purulent otitis media. Also, alcohol infusion effectively fights respiratory diseases, it is used even in the treatment of such a serious illness as pneumonia and with all degrees of complexity of bronchitis.

Myrtle essential oil is an excellent inhalation remedy for respiratory diseases. Just 5 drops of myrtle essential oil added for inhalation will help you with a strong cough, both dry and wet.

Periodontal disease is a fairly common disease, its treatment is usually not very easy and the disease itself brings a lot of discomfort and pain. As a treatment, the essential oil of myrtle is used, it is rubbed into the gums and rinsed with a decoction or infusion of myrtle.

If you have a cold and there is a myrtle tree in your house, just move it more often and it will release its oils into the air, thereby killing the virus in it even more effectively. And you, by inhaling these oils, will recover faster, just as inhalation of such oil-enriched air contributes to the treatment of respiratory diseases.

Essential oil of myrtle is added to rubbing to treat coughs and colds.

Myrtle tree in cosmetology

Myrtle takes an active part in women's beauty and youth preservation.

Myrtle oil is added to skin rejuvenation creams. You can add a few drops of myrtle to any cream you use regularly. Myrtle oil in the cream will help smooth out wrinkles and speed up the renewal of skin cells.

Decoctions and infusions of myrtle are used as water for washing, such washing will relieve skin inflammation and help get rid of acne.

If you add myrtle oil to baby cream, it will help you get rid of acne faster.

If you suffer from hair loss, use myrtle oil, rubbed into the hair roots. It strengthens hair follicles and stimulates the formation of new ones. Also, such rubbing will stimulate hair growth with reduced growth.

If you have weak, brittle and lifeless hair, add a few drops of myrtle oil to your balm or mask before applying it. Hold the balm or mask on your hair for at least 5 minutes. In a week you will see the result, the hair will become healthier and acquire a beautiful shine.

Contraindications to the use of myrtle

Myrtle is certainly a very useful plant and brings a lot of benefits, but not everyone is recommended to use it as a medicine.