Indian Lilac: Plant, care & hibernate

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Indian lilac gives the garden a southern atmosphere. How this beautiful flower shrub is cultivated in our latitudes, you will find out here.

Indian lilac

Lilac is not the same lilac. But sharing experiences at the garden fence can cause some misunderstandings. Is it meant perhaps the common lilac, which blooms in May and smells a great deal, or that, which unfolds its bloomflor in the summer and attracts countless butterflies? Possibly also the Indian lilac could contain the thought play. The latter we want to take a closer look.

The Indian lilac (Lagerstroemia indica) also carries other names, such as Indian crepe myrtle, lilac of the south, Chinese curly myrtle or just Lagerstroemia.

Surely you will know this shrub from the holiday in the south. The specimens growing in the southern climes would not survive the frosty winter here. Breeders have made every effort to develop new varieties, which are also hardy in our latitudes.

Lagerstroemia indica portrayed

The Indian lilac grows into a multi-stemmed shrub, but it can also be raised to a small tree. The ornamental shrub can grow up to 5 meters high. The dark green foliage in summer, drifts in the spring initially bronze.

Similar to the common lilac, the flowers are arranged in panicles and make the viewer from July to September in raptures. The petals of pink to pink but also white and purple florets are gracefully curled. Hence the names crepe or curly myrtle.

If you have decided on a camp Strömia, then you must be clear about the hardiness. Depending on the variety, the shrubs tolerate minimum temperatures of just -5° C to winter -15° Celsius.

In rough locations, you should rather opt for a tub culture, while you can plant the Indian lilac in the open air, for example, in mild wine-growing areas.

This is how the Indian lilac thrives best


Both in the field and in the tub the crepe myrtle prefers a place in the sun. Suitable is a southern exposure in the garden.

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In neutral to slightly acidic soil, the Indian lilac feels good. Only calcareous soil is unsuitable. These conditions apply not only to the field, but also to the tub culture too.

One tip: As a substrate for the bucket, mix coarse sand with mature compost and garden soil.

This is how to properly cultivate the Indian lilac

Shrub indian lilac

To water:

The location of your Indian lilac in the field should always keep you moist. Water your shrub so regularly but not exuberantly, waterlogging can lead to root rot.
The top layer of soil may be dry thumbnails. Use rainwater or stale tap water to pour.
The same applies to the flowering shrub in the tub. Only then water their crepe myrtle, although here, too, the top layer of the substrate is slightly dried.


The flowering shrub in open soil is frugal as far as the fertilization is concerned. If you have already prepared the soil abundantly with compost or an organic fertilizer when planting the creame myrtle, then later fertilization is unnecessary.

Apply the container plant once a week to a balcony plant fertilizer with the irrigation water. In August, fertilization is stopped so that younger shoots harden sufficiently before the winter.

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Their free range crops cut in the spring, from mid-March. First, the frozen in winter and dead plant parts are removed. Then cut the shrub back evenly to a height. As a result, the sprouting occurs evenly and the Indian lilac grows into a handsome, bushy shrub. Incidentally, the flowers develop for the current garden year on the new shoots.

Container plants are shortened before storage in winter quarters. All shoots are cut to a height.


If the site conditions for the outdoor culture are given, you can protect the Indian lilac in the cold season with a plentiful mulch layer.

From November on, place your container plant in a cool winter quarter. This could be the garage, for example. Make sure that the soil in the tub does not dry out completely during the winter and water the bush a little bit from time to time.

From the beginning of April, the container plant can be relocated from the winter quarters back to the terrace. The place for the plant should be absolutely sunny.


Indian lilac is widespread south of the Alps. In our climes, the flowering shrub in the garden thrives only in mild winter conditions.Therefore, it is cultivated in rougher regions as a container plant. The shrub loves a sheltered sunny spot with a normal garden soil. Calcareous earth spurns the Indian lilac. He is moderately cast, but regularly. The bucket plant is wintered in a cool winter quarter.

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