Originally Posted by satellitehead
half of my hardy chicago struck with roots. the other two rotted to mush, one of the only varieties that did. of the two that rooted, one fizzled out fast. the other one .... in the process of transplanting, the bottom half of the soil stuck, and the top half released, which severed the cutting from the majority of the root bundle. it was all downhill from there.
really, i know some varieties are just tough to root - a lebanese variety i got cuttings for was a serious pain in the butt, in fact, i still have one left which is the only cutting that i have unrooted right now - but with some patience, a lot of them grew just fine - they were still tough to root, but i had 50% success rate, compared to hardy chicago (0%). out of all the cuttings this year, some i screwed up with, some i got wimpy cuttings, or got cuttings that bolted before rooting and there are about a dozen other excuses ;)
for blk madeira, i got four cuttings from a generous member, and one from UCD. the UCD cutting rooted fast and efficient. i sent a free cutting of the other four to a fig friend, rooted the final three - the other three took forever to pop roots, and even now they're not leafing out like i'd want to see, but two are 1gal potted, the third is still cupped, looking like it could be hit or miss.
i'm only upset about a couple of plants. i'm let down that hardy chicago didn't root, upset that my sicilian black did so well and is now in the process of tanking, i was hoping that my ronde de bordeaux would've pulled through. maybe one or two others...but there's always next year?
next year, i'm definitely toning down. i think i'm going to give Jon's new baggie method a shot to save space and cut down on hassle.
If you have trouble with removing them from whatever vessel you started them in, just get a razorknife and sacrifice the cup/container, etc. I found hardy chicago and sal (genes ) to be very aggressive rooters....