Cuttings that wouldn't root

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)October 25, 2012

I purchased a cutting of Pink Perfection (Pink Perfektion) from eBay. When I received the package in late September, the cutting was quite dry and slightly withered. A second "free" cutting of another variety that was also included in the box was also dry and withered. Both cuttings were wrapped in a damp paper, plastic and tape at the base.

As prescribed by the seller, I tried rooting them in water. I changed the water daily as it smelled terrible and I was afraid rot was setting in. Two weeks ago I moved them to potting soil as a last result. Still nothing. No roots, no leaves, no growth. Both sticks have withered even further.

By coincidence, both the seller and I live in Jacksonville, Florida. So these cuttings are in the same environment from which they came. (But I did not go to the seller's home - the cuttings were shipped to me as the seller said that she did not allow pickups.)

So here's my question: how long can cuttings sit and/or how dried out can cuttings get and still root? I have a feeling the seller had these cuttings for quite a long time before I made my purchase. I have rooted plenty of green, firm cuttings in my day. But these were brown with wrinkled "skin".

And yes, I have been communicating (lack of) progress with the seller.

Thanks for help or opinions!


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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Here are some photos of my poor stick:

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 6:37PM
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Carol that cutting is gone. I'd contact the seller and ask for a replacement. If it was fresh cut it wouldn't have been dried up on arrival.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 10:55PM
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It looks dead to me. Get your money back. They cut it a long time ago!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 10:59PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks for the confirmation. I do appreciate knowing that you experts agree. In all fairness, I received the cutting in late September. It looked just about the same as in the pictures upon arrival. I had it in water for about two weeks and then in potting soil for about two weeks. I have contacted the seller and sent her the same pictures through eBay Messages (which you can do now).

Thanks again, everyone.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 12:47AM
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