Posted by Mike G on November 05, 2002 at 22:42:35:
In Reply to: Crepe Myrtle posted by E. George Strasser on November 02, 2002 at 22:50:43:
: What is the best way to protect a newly planted Crepe Myrtle for the winter? I am thinking of wrapping it in burlap. I live in central New Jersey.
"...crepe myrtle bushes are indigenous to the south and will stand temperatures down to about 0F to 10F. Your moving them inside will definitely save them from the ravages of winter, but you need to keep them in as cool and dark a place as possible so they won't begin coming out of dormancy too early. Let a couple of good North Dakota frosts nip them this year and the leaves fall off before moving them inside. Then simply water them once a month with cold water (helps to keep them dormant) until spring weather appears favorable for planting."
The plants probably wont make the winter outside. Assuming the plants are planted underground, you can propagate a part of your crepe myrtle and grow it indoors.
A rose cone or burlap and mulch will be a long-shot to protect the crepe myrtle.