Crape myrtle propagation
Ok, I have tried twice to propagate cutting from a crape myrtle from a friends yard. I didn't have any survivors. I took about 10 cuttings each time.
This is what I did.
I took the cutting about 6 to 8 inches long stripped all the leaves from the cuttings except the top to clusters which were about 4 leaves total left. I used rooting hormone on the 2nd set but not the first. Stuck a pencil in the potting mix and firmed them cutting in. Gave it a good watering, covered it with opaque plastic bag and put it in the shade. I made sure the plastic did not touch any of the cuttings. Imitated the cuttings by hand every couple of days but after about a week all the leaves fell off.
Should I have just left them in the potting medium and kept watering or were they toast after the leaves fell off?
Please help me because this is a deep red color and I can not seem to find the color I want at any nurseries I have visited.