Burrito Method -- aargh
Hay caramba! My cuttings got off to a head start thanks to the burrito method, but once I potted them, not one survived to form roots.
I parked some of the cuttings on the northwest side of my garden shed where the light is bright, but not direct sun. I parked others in my large terrarium which has the same NW exposure.
I took care to avoid over watering. I kept the lid of the terrarium slightly
open for ventilation. On low-humidity days, I misted the cuttings.
I potted the cuttings in Fafard 52 potting mix, which is a coarse blend of composted pine bark, peat and perlite. I tamped the medium down firmly around the cuttings. I used Dip &Gro on some, but not on all. I buried the cuttings deeply, leaving about a half inch above the surface of the soil. But I had five pots where the cuttings were taller and not buried as deep. The pots in the terrarium sat on a rack that held them off the floor of the box.
In the end, those differences didn't seem to matter very much. Slowly, between early March and mid May, The cuttings turned black. I removed the bad ones each week and until Last week, I thought five pots were going to root. Then on May 11, I checked the pots and even the last few were black.
Thinking about temperature...My potted cuttings were kept outdoors, where temperatures were generally cool at night in March and April. Daytime temps varied more widely, with a few days in the mid 80s, but more often in the 60-70s range.
I took most of the cuttings when I pruned my roses in mid-February. Other cuttings I took from friends' gardens. I was aware of taking cuttings from
Mind you, I'm not giving up, but I sure am disappointed. Now I'm just trying to figure out what I should do differently -- a coir planting medium? Brighter light? Cooler temperatures? Rooting powder?