Utterly confused about rooting rose cuttings
I've read so many different methods, cut my bottles the wrong way, bought the wrong stuff, I guess, went and got some coir but it is for lining baskets and not shredded finely enough, tried to cut it up even got out the meat grinder, sticks in that, no time to order the right kind I found on the net.
It's time to get the cuttings I want now or I will have to try seeds or hardwood cuttings and would rather at least give it a try now.
I can put my bottles over them the way they are until I can save up enough with caps and cut them again the right way and replace.
What do you think of this? I got 16 oz plastic clear cups, dug a small drainage hole in the bottom. What should I use for medium? Peat and sand? Peat, vermiculate and pearlite (have some fresh in the garage). Potting soil? That stringy coir will not hold close enough to the cuttings. Maybe it will be ok if I soak it; don't know how it will soak up yet. Maybe I can mix in something else, but that might defeat the benefits of the coir.
I read which kind to choose and to take the spent blossom off, all petals should be gone, so don't worry about that.
Don't have the best rooting hormone now I see, it's called ferti-lome root stimulator, liquid form. Can't be running out and buying different right now.
I thought I would bury the plastic cups in the dirt and cover them with the bottles. Then I can easily dig them up later and it should conserve moisture better, maybe, maybe not.
Open to suggestions. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with what you have to work with.