Cuttings in Newspaper Burritos
I opened up the crisper of my fridge the other day, and I found a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie full of packets of newspaper wrapped cuttings. It had been there at least a MONTH.
Whether it's the time of year, or the varieties I chose ... this method just isn't working for me. Cuttings would callus, then die when planted. I originally had this baggie in my basement, where the temps were around 70, and I brought it upstairs so I could unwrap the cuttings and stick them ... and I promptly forgot it. After a couple of days, my husband says that he put the bag into the fridge ... since he'd seen me put cuttings into the fridge and that's where he thought they should be. (I do this when I have cuttings that I'm not processing immediately, and I have held them in the crisper for up to a week.)
I practically held my breath as I unwrapped each packet of cuttings, expecting the worst. To my surprise, only about half of the cuttings were dead (Paul Neyron, Dainty Bess, Red Radiance, Jeanne Lajoie, and Sanguinea, off the top of my head.) Two of the varieties that lived, Alida Lovett and Marchesa Boccella, had sprouted roots ... in the REFRIGERATOR! I posted about this on my blog last night. Use the link below to see photos of the Marchesa Boccella cuttings ... I didn't think to photograph Alida Lovett before I planted those cuttings.
I still plan to process my cuttings and wrap each variety in newspaper, but only as a means to prepare the cuttings to be planted ... not to try to get them to root or callus in the newspaper. Stripping the leaves, treating with hormone (I use Hormodin #2), and wrapping them for short-term storage has simplified my propagation, and it allows for a much cleaner operation that I can do in my kitchen without making a horrendous mess.
Here is a link that might be useful: Marchesa Boccella cuttings