i never really thought about this before. i typically take hardwood cutting off my tree around christmas and new yr. typically, they come out fine, root and thrive.
but i'm noticing something strange on my trees. the new branches that are coming out in early spring and ones that were there, in some tree, in late fall are not hardened. they look.. other than hardened. they are in dark tan color and looks more like straws than fig branches.
they are not dead, they are growing leaves and putting on new buds.
i took some off to see what they look like inside and they look "dehydrated". they mold easily and doesn't do well.
i'm assuming that the branches are growing in rapid past and didn't have time to mature or have all the plumbings going. when taken off the tree, they are not able to support themselves and go down quick.
anyone have seen this before? i'm noticing this on my JH Adriatic and Ronde dB.
i would assume by the end of the season, some of these will be hardened and will be possible to root them. but as of now.. they look funny.