Cuttings dying - any ideas why?
I read up on root cutting propagation and thought I'd try. I used perlite and put the container in a clear large ziplog bag, zipper toward the top. Forsythia was about 2 weeks into rooting, and viburnum, river birch, sweetgum, were 1 week into rooting. I had applied a powder root hormone, and kept the leaves misted and wet.
Somehow my dogs got my breezeway window up this morning and did their damage. The cuttings would have been salvagable but when I went to clean everything up, one of the forsythia's was out and I noticed the end was brown and dying. All of my cuttings were the same way even though the leaves still looked healthy and alive.
I had not wet the perlite because I was thinking that they only get their wate rthrough the leaves and didn't need water in the rooting medium. I now believe that is wrong thinking. Could dry rooting medium (even though the leaves were always moist) have caused the ends to begin to die?
I bought a clear tote/lid that I am going to make a prop chamber out of and try it that way but I'm dissapointed in my first failure.