Help! Can I still salvage my cuttings?
Ok - I know willows are supposed to be easy to root. I got about 7-8 cuttings from a friend's giant pussywillow back in March. I put them in water, and 6 rooted. I let the roots develop a little, and about the beginning of May, I potted them up ever so gently, using potting mix, and put them in a sheltered location outside. Several of them were sprouting little leaves at that point. Well, after just a few days, the leaves on all but one were dried up and dead. I've kept them all watered, and I thought the one was going to do ok--when lo and behold, those leaves wilted and dried, too! (in one day!)
Is there any hope for these? I did not think I had let the pots dry out. In fact, I think I kept them quite well watered, as I know willows like lots of water and they rooted originally in plain water.
What do I do now? I really only want one shrub - but I really want one! Can I still get these to root? Should I keep watering them? Put them back in plain water? Dump off the potting mix and check for roots? Stick them in the ground instead of in potting mix?
Thanks in advance for any help!