Leaves and buds but no roots
Can anyone explain to me the following phenomena ?
Early last fall I put 6 cuttings in a plastic jar, filled it with water and a bit of compost soil. Kept it in the garage, out of sight and forgot about it. Just a few days ago I found the jar with the cuttings, and much to my surprise they all had fresh buds or leaves but NO ROOTS. No roots in sight.
I always thought that roots were essential, and the first step for any cutting to come to life.
Just a short time ago, I decided not to push my luck any further, and planted them individually in 20 gal planters that have good soil and compost, at a somewhat sheltered location outdoors.
I welcome your comments and thoughts about this mini-miracle.