Help rooting Harison's Yellow?
I am trying to root cuttings of Harison's Yellow. This is really important to me as the cuttings are from a bush that my mother's ashes were scattered on, and I no longer have access to the property, so if anyone can advise me I would be grateful!
Moisture seems to be the huge problem. Though I was careful not to moisten my soil too much, those that I covered with baggies pretty quickly grew a grey mold, and/or got black stem rot. Those that I did not cover, seem to be hanging on for dear life, not to get too dried up in my very low-humidity Southern-California environment. I am using 5 different types of soil (I wanted to try to cover as many bases as possible to get even 1 successful plant) and a variety of "treatments" in each soil (some with rooting hormone, some with honey, some with nothing, etc...) At this point I have a total of about 35 cuttings in 25 "solo" clear plastic cups with holes poked in them for drainage, and I'd say about 80% of them don't look so good. Most of them have dropped their leaves. Of those that still have leaves, the leaves seem sort of dried up. The stems are still maroon-brown with most of them having one side of the stem a greenish sheen. Right now I have them in a window that gets fairly bright, filtered light, temp around 74, moist soil, and gently misting those crispy leaves a couple times a day.
I guess my main frustration at this point (just 2 1/2 weeks in) is that all of the online guides & pictures I've looked at show varieties with bright green stems, so it's pretty obvious if they're drying up or not. How can you tell if they're drying up, or even dead, or not, if the canes are brown to begin with? Is there a "statute of limitations" on how long to wait before giving up on a stick-like stem? I read something last night about someone thinking they had dead sticks, only to have them bud out a whole year later.... is that like a one-in-a-thousand kind of occurrence?
sorry this post is so rambling. grateful for any feedback or advice, especially regarding assessing the health of stems that are naturally brownish.
thanks so much