I think this may be in the wrong forum but am still figuring out the site . . . please forgive me if it is . . .
I received a plant from a client as a gift, and have since identified it as a mini summer cypress tree. It's about 12" tall and came by mail in a little cardboard box filled with dirt. I cared for the tree in my office for about a week, then took the tree home to replant. Before I had the chance to do so, I had to leave town suddenly for a family emergency. I was gone about a week and a half, and when I came back, my tree was much more dry than I know it should be. Stilll, the needles were green and still flexible by the main branches. I watered it right away, but it since has only become more crispy than before. The edges of the branches are turning from their bright green to a bluish/whiteish color and are looking somewhat droopy. It's also starting to drop pieces if touched (I told you it was crispy!). The soil is almost dry, yet still contains moisture.
Is there any hope to save this little tree or did I kill it? I find it hard to believe it's dead already considering there was lots of life in the plant (even though it clearly had been neglected) after my trip and I started caring for it right away again. Please help if you can . . . this gift means a lot to me.