We really do not talk about mixes or propagation, but here are some basic resources to help you out.
Most newbies think that propagation is easy and for non-natives it
generally is. For natives though, they have triggers, usually multiple
triggers that involve timing, mix, humidity, heat and more. Remember
your first computer? Remember how you were unimpressed about how little
it would do and how much you had to do? Native plant propagation has
some of those issues.
I'd recommend you spend the least amount of time and money on the
project as possible and see if you even like what the work entails, and
if you can get anything to root and grow out. If you can get something
to grow then build the little prop house and get all the expensive
stuff you really need. If you're working very small scale the pathogens
have more trouble finding your plants, as the operation gets bigger the
disease problems will escalate.
Read, read, read. You'll need to read at least a few propagation
books, a few websites and maybe watch a video or go to a class (no we
do not offer one). Sorry, most of the YouTube videos are not done by
knowledgeable folks. Most I'd give a one or two star rating.
(But you can go to YouTube and search for propagation cuttings and check them out for yourself.)
Here are a few books you can check out from a library, or, better yet, buy used.
Plant propagation; principles and practices, by Hartmann, Hudson
Thomas, and Kester, Dale E. 1975, 662 hard back, used about $5
Simple propagation : a book of instructions for propagation by
seed,division,layering cuttings,budding and grafting, Noël J.
Prockter, used about $5
Plant Propagation (The Simon and Schuster step-by-step encyclopedia of
practical gardening), Paperback 1979, pricey, used about $20, but worth
There are tons more books.but those are enough to figure out the basics
of cutting preparation, sanitation, growing out and the rest of
Look at (sorry if they no longer work, sites do change) for the mechanics of propagation.
put site:rooting.ucdavis.edu into google and enter your plant genus and/or species
Also look at layering or even simply pinning down a stem of the target
plant. It sounds stupid, but for beginners that have time, pulling a
small stem to ground level and putting a rock on it so the soil makes
contact can lead to a plant after a year or so.
For seeds, there is the wonderfully free woody seed manual
I'd also suggest you go to Forest Service website
and type in the search box something like propagation, target genera.
Please don't bug us about propagation unless you've found a publicly available source that should be
added to this page.