No definite conclusions as of yet, but something is definitely happening to the lilac branches I am attempting to propagate.
These pictures were taken on day 10 after preparing the branches and planting them (see earlier post: Propagating A Lilac Bush). Not sure what the white specs are all over the stems, but they don’t rub off.
Another note: Since planting the stems in the pot of dirt, watering it, covering it, and storing it in the greenhouse, I haven’t yet had to water it. The moisture that builds up under that plastic bag is keeping the soil more than moist enough.
I can’t wait to see if this experiment in propagation works. For now I’ll take these little specs of white as a hopeful sign, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.