I had the cuttings in an open water dish with distilled water to propagate. For the last 6 days they have grown and improved while I waited for them to start reproducing.
Today, they started to droop and look poorly. The top ends have actually withered some and turned dark red. They are the Florida Red variety. I took a TDS reading. PPM was 47 ppm.
I immediately changed the water with some rainwater I had. Down to 17 PPM now. Better now. I also went ahead and cut them down to submerge into the fresh water and sealed the top.
I changed the water yesterday and delicately moved the cuttings about. Surely that wasn't the problem, was it? Their dew they produced from the 3 days before was gone.. it was RO triple cleaned water that read 12 PPM with my TDS..
Now, I did spray water some nearby regular plants with tap water. My tap water is around 155 PPM and I make sure I am at least 5 feet away when I spray the other plants in the opposite direction. Is it possible that somehow the tap water particles may have contaminated the open water? I've been very careful about cross contamination.
It's a work in progress