tips on taking cuttings?
Hi gardening friends -
A month ago I took a stab at rooting cuttings, and have now declared the experiment a failure. They were all supposed to be easy plants for newbies: salvias, rosemary, lantana. I cut them in the cool of night, stripped all but a few leaves and dipped the flexible, growing stems in some rooting hormone before sticking them in half perlite, half vermiculite. Some rotted and some dried to a crisp - obviously I couldn't figure out how much to mist. I had clear plastic covers available to keep the humidity up, but I couldn't tell if they faired better with or without them. I had them outside on a shady porch - maybe it was too hot? Is it just not the right time of year to do this? Or is there something I should do differently?
I would love to learn from your experience, so let me know if you have any tips!