Here is how the freshly potted Garrya cuttings looked in January. I got the cuttings at a pruning class:
Here's the situation today:
Not good! Basically one after another all got black spots and turned gray. Some have black spots and did not turn gray and I put those outside as it's warmer now, just to give them a chance. One thing I know nothing about is pest control and I've let this fungus just go. I need to look up what I could have done. I got dispirited basically and gave up. Readers with tips, please advise!
So here's Denise's advice which I will follow on my next attempt!
“I found that when taking Garrya cuttings, they have a very narrow window of time when they’ll root, and it’s usually like mid-December is when I find that it works. That doesn’t mean that’s an absolute – that’s just what I found works for me.”
“And when you prep the cuttings, instead of cutting really close to the node like you do on most plants, leave about a quarter of an inch space because they tend to root below the node, not at the node. I don’t know physiologically what it is but I’ve just found that you have to leave a little extra. And I use Hormex 8 rooting powder.”
“I did about 21 of them, and I’ve only got 4 left that don’t have a black spot on them. And I’m afraid to pull on them in case they haven’t rooted.”
“It’s not an easy one to do. A lot of people have a real hard time with Garryas. Keep on trying. In the literature I have read that bottom heat seems to work. In the propagation area of a professional grower, the normal setting is like 70 degrees. I have heard Garryas need 80 degrees. I tried that and I couldn’t keep it moist enough, it dried out the mix too much.”
“They’ve definitely been too cold where I have them.” (On the bathroom floor. It’s about the coldest room in the house actually.)
“That might contribute to the rotting and leaf spotting too.”
“If there’s one or two surviving maybe I’ll take them upstairs where it’s warmer”
“Into the kitchen maybe.”
-- Even the last one in the picture above has a little black area - I will cut the leaf off and put it in the kitchen as soon as I click "Publish Post!"Then I'll have a more cheerful post - about the seedlings.