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When to begin training crape myrtles

11 years ago

I purchased 2 crape myrtles last year which were around 3 feet each. I was under the impression that I should let them grow a full year after planting before pruning them. Is this true? I want to train them to grow as trees, should I pull the lower leaves off the main trunk? I am new to this, but I'd like to train them to grow as pictured. Any info is greatly appreciated.

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