Question by  DanB (15)

How can you fix overwatering crape myrtles?

I let my daughter water the crape myrtles this past week, and when I finally saw what she had been doing, she was giving them way too much water. How can I get them back to normal?


Answer by  jeyR (264)

If the overwatering is already evident in the leaves all you can do is just put the plant out in the sun and water them less often - but do not stop watering them altogether as then the newer leaves will be dead.


Answer by  addicted (186)

if you are worried that the crape myrtles are dead, simply scrape the bark a little with your fingernails and see if there is some green peeking out. If so, they're still alive. A little overwatering in a week should not cause permanent damage at all. So relax!


Answer by  ross1976 (196)

How is the soil now? Is it still very clogged after the overwatering? If so, then just dig it up a little and allow it to drain. You could also add some dry soil/compost to compensate. if you have a pot sure the excess water drains off the crape myrtles.


Answer by  umaveni (64)

water your crape myrtle tree 1-5times eachweek depending on time year the tree was planted the type of soil being utilized. lightgreen leaves can be sign of over watering while dropping leaves can be sign over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both or under watering.

Reply by icyblue (236):
Any idea how long it takes for the color changes to occur and if they are permanent? Will taking off the light green or dropping leaves help in any way?  add a comment

Answer by  ferfer72 (2623)

Clip off the discolored leaves all the way back to the green parts. Leave them out in the sun and water them very little as they come back to life.

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