Hi everyone, my name is Greg and I am a new member. Also relatively new to gardening and landscaping. My wife and I bought our first house last year so this is our first season to give it a shot.
Anyhow, we really wanted to buy a few crepe myrtles for the back yard. A friend of ours has a beautiful pink crepe that we really like, and so she gave me about 15 cuttings from softwood or suckers near the base of the main trunk.
I took the cuttings and trimmed them into 4" pieces making sure to cut then as close to a node as possible. I then stripped all leaves but two near the top. I scraped the outside layer at the bottom node to help promote healing and dipped each cuttings end in rooting hormone. I played them down in small pots with potting mix and placed the pots in a shallow box and misted them well and sat them on my porch in the shade. We had a relatively cold and rainy day yesterday (63 degrees Fahrenheit ) and today the leaves on all but two were very droopy.
I fashioned a wire hanger to the box to act as a guard about 8 inches above the plants and covered with a translucent trash bag, misted in the bag all over the plants and tied closed, back in the shade on the porch. Its beginning to warm again outside and get humid about 80 degrees now.
My question is, is it too late for these clipping since the leaves look droopy or will they be able to bounce back? Also, if I did something wrong please correct me I'm just learning and want to learn right! Thanks for reading and any insight you can provide ! -Greg