Rooting cuttings

There is a beautiful tree in my neighborhood with gorgeous white flowers, I’ve spoken with the owner and have permission to take some cuttings (young 10 inch branches) in hopes of rooting them and growing my own shrub / tree.

I’d like to start these cuttings in my click and grow garden to make sure they get the most consistent care and growing conditions. …but I keep reading about rooting hormones and rooting mediums. Is it safe to fully my old pods with rooting medium, and put rooting hormone in the click and grow water (I don’t want to gunk up the filters)

Who has had success with this? What products did you use? What plants did you propagate?

#BRANDNEWGARDENER

Also, a quick shout-out to click and grow - thank you for introducing me to gardening. I bought this garden one month after purchasing my first home, and NEVER would have considered growing my own tree without the green-thumb-experience that comes from having the C&G garden. It’s my first spring, and I’m ready to garden!!

I’ve rooted many cutting over the years, and lately starting elderberry shoots to give to friends. I dampen the end and use a rooting powder before inserting into organic compost soil. Indirect light, soil moist but not too wet. No problem. Haven’t tried in the C&G unit yet. You could try one or two in it and them some in soil as an experiment. You could report back to which worked the best then for the rest of us. If you start now, they should be ready to plant by September with chicken wire around them to keep bunnies and other critters from eating them and wrapping with burlap and/or mulching for winter protection.