Leaves turning yellow
On October 31st I planted up 90+ rose cuttings. These are the steps I've taken.
1. Cut all my cuttings in about 6" lengths.
2. Placed half peat moss and half peralite in a 20 gallon clear plastic container with a clear plastic lid.
3. Added to the soiless mix 1 ice cream bucket full of rain water and mixed the medium real well. The medium was not soggy it was crumbly and absorbed the water readily. It did not appear too wet in fact I was a bit worried it was not wet enough. There is approx. 3.5 to 4" of soiless mixture in each tub. I think I put in 5 ice cream buckets of peat moss and one small bag of perelite into each container.
4. Placed a hole into the medium with a pencil.
5. Cleaned the leaves off of my rootins except the top 3 or 4 groupings of leaves.
6. I then dipped the end into a powder rooting hormone and placed the rootings into the premade holes.
7. I closed the containers, placed them in a south facing window and have misted them once per week since then.
The cuttings are turing yellow, some are turning black with mold forming on them and a few have new shoots sprouting from the tops. What do you think I may have done wrong? Perhaps it was still too much water and that is why I am seeing the mold. WOW! If this is the case the medium must have to be fairly dry?
I've read through George's website and the only thing I may not have done was provide bottom heat. However, my house is constantly at 70 deg F and the containers during the day heat up with the sun beating on them. Any thoughts?