Water Rooting a Ficus Benjamina
I have had a healthy indoor Ficus Benjamina now for several years and I wanted to grow another one, this time a single trunk tree, rather than the four trunk tree that I have now.
So I took a six inch cutting that had five to six leaves and not very barky looking. Put water in a cup and have been changing the water every 3-4 days. I have it in a south south-west window getting plenty of non-direct sunlight. Now that I am seeing it in a picture, it seems that it has gotten greener and much less bark covered than when I first put it in the water.
I have noticed that there are little white things forming on the stem of the cutting and I'm not exactly sure what they are, plus some slimy ball at the bottom of the cutting.
Are these normal?
I wanted to do water rooting because from what I have read Ficus take to it pretty well and they do well when transferring to soil. I also simply liked the water rooting method over the soil method for it's cost effectiveness overall.
The fist picture is it's parent tree:
This second picture is what I am asking about: