Gold Star Esperanza & Country Red crepe myrtle - freeze damage
I messed up. Let's hope it wasn't a fatal mistake.
I planted a lot of new plants in the past few weeks. In my attempts to cover all my babies before the freeze I somehow missed two of them. A small (4 foot tall) Country Red crepe myrtle I grew from a cutting off my grandmother's tree at her old house, and a newly purchased Gold Star Esperanza.
Both of these were put in the ground last week. The the crepe myrtle was previously in a southern exposure on my deck in a pot, it had reached the ball looking bud stage of leafing out. The Esperanza was straight from a box store, and had 5, 2 foot stalks with green leaves on them.
When I was out removing the covers this morning I saw the freeze damage on their foliage. Both still had a hint of green left. I watered them, which was probably a kiss of death since not long after that I noticed the foliage on both had turned a sickly brown/green all over.
Since they both were recently transplanted to their permanent homes in the ground, has the stress of being exposed to the freezing temps (it was 32 here at 6AM, and up to 33 by 7AM) killed them, or do you folks think they may recover?
I can't believe I may have killed Grandma's crepe myrtle I've been trying to grow for the past three years. I should lose my gardening rights if it doesn't make it. :-(