Plant Care Wild Crepe Myrtle

Wild Crepe Myrtle

Also known as

Barbados Cherry, Barbados Cherry, acerola, nancerol, acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, wild crepe myrtle and barabdos cherry


Malpighia emarginata

How to care for Wild Crepe Myrtle


How often to water your Wild Crepe Myrtle

Water needs for Wild Crepe Myrtle
0.5 cups
every 9

Wild Crepe 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 Wild Crepe Myrtle

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Barbados Cherry in your home

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

Wild Crepe Myrtle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Wild Crepe Myrtle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Wild Crepe Myrtle

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wild Crepe 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 Wild Crepe Myrtle after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Wild Crepe Myrtle

Wild Crepe Myrtle

Wild Crepe 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.

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