No Luck with Lilac Cuttings
I took 21 lilac cuttings on June 9th. I have them in a tub of coarse all purpose sand in a shady spot under my deck. They stay covered by an upside down tub to keep moisture in. I mist them at least once a day.
Most of them look droopy and unwell. I have pronounced 3 dead due to the bottom of the stem turning brown. A small number of them look fairly healthy, but when I checked a sample I saw no sign of roots forming.
I was told that the more coarse the sand the better, but this sand seems almost too coarse. It actually has a lot of small pebbles in it, and it seems to become too compact. It also holds moisture surprisingly well for sand. As I said, quite a few of my cuttings appear to have rotted.
Is the substrate the problem, or are lilacs just too difficult, or is rooting cuttings in general just too difficult without intermittent mist? Please help a noobie out.
This post was edited by CPTK on Wed, Jun 26, 13 at 12:49