Plant Care Cape Myrtle

Cape Myrtle

3.5 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Cape Myrtle has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Cape Myrtle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Cape Myrtle

Cape Myrtle is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as easy to bloom and being a survivor with a whopping 361 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Cape Myrtle likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Cape Myrtle belongs to the Lagerstroemia genus, and is native to the Central Himalayas to South and Indo-China, and the Philippines.


Lagerstroemia indica

Also known as

Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica. and Lagerstroemia indaca

How to care for Cape Myrtle


How often to water your Cape Myrtle

Water needs for Cape Myrtle
0.5 cups
every 9

Cape Myrtle needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cape Myrtle

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Cape Myrtle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cape Myrtle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cape Myrtle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cape Myrtle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cape Myrtle in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Cape Myrtle

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cape Myrtle: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cape Myrtle after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cape Myrtle is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Cape Myrtle

Cape Myrtle

Cape Myrtle

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cape Myrtle has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Cape Myrtle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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My poor cape myrtle is hanging on by a thread. I think I overwatered it in the beginning but at times it seems it’s not getting enough water! Too finicky

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