Do leaves and bud swell indicate rooting?
Hey Folks. I'm in Raleigh, NC and rooted approximately 15 fig cuttings on January 28. Like a fool I didn't consult this forum before hand and used my own unproven method. I dipped the cuttings in a hormone gel and placed in a ~50/50 perlite vermiculite mix in 4" pots. I then placed in a large rubbermaid container and draped plastic wrap over the top to maintain fairly high humidity. The rubbermaid is under a north facing window in a room that is currently unoccupied. It stays around 63 degrees in there. I haven't watered since rooting as the pots feel like they're retaining a fair amount of water and I don't want to induce rotting.
So it's now been about a month and I'm unable to see if these things are rooting. I began to see buds swelling on many of the cuttings and in the past few days some very tiny leaves have begun to appear. My question is: are these signs of rooting? Must roots be present for the cutting to put out leaves or can that happen without roots?
Also, where do I go from here? Can I remove the plastic wrap from the top of the rubbermaid? Should the cuttings be moved to a south facing window? Should I begin to water when the pots feel like they need it? I understand underwatering is favorable to overwatering, so I'm treading cautiously on when to water. Any insight is most appreciated.