I don't often frequent the vegge gardening section of the forum (despite my love of vegetables) but I have a recurring problem and I can't understand why
I have absolutely no problems when growing cannabis but whenever I take cuttings of other plants, they all end up dying!
The missus and I went on a little adventure yesterday, visiting all of the local community gardens and local food forests in order to acquire some cuttings. The cuttings we took were all at least 10-15cm long, all seemed to be healthy and none of them wilted or became sick after being removed from their mother plants. Now unfortunately we did get sidetracked before potting them up at home so they would have been potted probably 3-4 hours later.
Although they weren't potted immediately, as soon as we got home, I kept them moist and in my little seedling tray greenhouse (your $10 bunnings kind - works a treat for the cannabis babies).
When I did pot them, I used a mix of 2/3 organic garden soil with 1/3 organic compost. I mixed the two together well and whacked it into the terracotta pots I had laying around. I then gave the soil a little soak with some room temp water as it was farking freezing outside at an average of around 12-14 degrees.
I did let some of the water drain but the soil was still very saturated when I planted the cuttings. I made new 45 degree cuts on the cuttings with clean, sharp garden snips, dipped em in Clonex purple (seems to work fine for canna) and then popped em in their pots.
I potted them around 7pm so I was a little concerned about the temperature and decided they'd benefit from some warmth over night so I popped them in the grow tent under the LED. To keep them extra comfy and protected from the cold of my concrete garage floor which the tent was sitting on, I put the pots on top of polystyrene boxes.
Aside from that, I opened up the 2 passive vents at the bottom of the grow tent to allow for some fresh air as I didn't want them to cook under the 800w LED overnight - although it was certainly a safe distance away.
THE ISSUE: I took a peek at them this morning and they've all completely wilted! They look sad and that makes me sad because the last time we took cuttings from plants that weren't canna, they all ended up dying too!
I know it's only been less than a day since I potted them and wilting isn't a sure sign of death but I feel like I'm obviously doing something wrong. Is there some fundamental difference between cloning canna and other plants? Some vital piece of information I'm missing? A fundamental step that I've neglected in the process? None of this happens when I grow things from seed and certainly not when I buy plants from the nursery or wherever and transplant them. It only seems to be an issue when I take cuttings from existing (non-cannabis) plants. I just want ma little baby plants to live!
Help would be appreciated!