I have a rose cutting blooming in a pot. I failed to label it. Labeling decreases my chances of their rooting. Rooting plants requires a certain amount of magical powers.
The rose that is blooming looks much like this one.
It's raining outside, so you can't see a picture of my little cart of cuttings.
Most of us 'get lucky' if we stick enough cuttings and plant enough seeds.
It is very helpful to have a good book on propagation instead of buying yet another pretty book that doesn't tell you much about growing.
Knowing certain things increases our chances of success. When you learned from another gardener who broke off a piece of a plant and said, "Here, stick this in the ground and it will root' and it did, it seemed too easy.
It's helpful to know:
What kind of cutting -- greenstick, softwood, hardwood. What does that mean?
When to stick -- spring, summer, fall, winter.
Does this cutting need to take up water, or does it need to form a callus before it's stuck?
What about nodes?
Can a particular rooted cutting go into the ground right away or does it need to be potted up for a while?
What is the best medium for this cutting?
Will cuttings work for a particular plant or do you need seed?
Does a certain desirable plant throw viable seeds?
How long before I can expect seeds to sprout -- some take up to a year.
Do these seeds need a cold period? Bottom heat?
Should I plant seeds from these bulbs? How long before I'll see a bloom?
What happens if the dog is chasing the cat and the cat steps on the seedling? -- Don't laugh, it happens.