I was out hiking with a buddy the other day at one of my usual spots, and noticed tons and tons of raspberry plants everywhere along a certain path that I had never noticed before. I know that technically you are not supposed to do this, as it is frowned upon (if everyone did it, the plants would no longer be there; everyone should be able to enjoy their aesthetic appeal on a nice hike), but impulse got the best of me and I took a few clippings. Anyway, I'm attempting to get them to root in glasses with water.
A few days later, I noticed that somethings wasn't right. Pieces of the leaves were missing. They were starting to look unhealthy, and not in the same was as an ordinary unsuccessful clone. Then I noticed almost microscopic strands and my first instinct was some sort of spider mite. I soaked the plants underneath very dilute alcohol water for about 10 mins and then rinsed. I then sterilized all of the glassware and the entire area where I generally root my clones. I sprayed the cuttings with a somewhat less dilute solution of alcohol and water after placing them in their new glasses of water. I've read elsewhere that this works.
In a lab I took for school, we soaked barley seeds in a bleach water before running a series of experiments involving cutting the seeds up and controlling the amounts of abscisic acid, gibberellic acid, cycloheximide (inhibits eukaryotic translation), and cordycepin (inhibits eukaryotic transcription). So I might try that next while I keep these cuttings quarantined from the rest of my plants.
Here is an image that I took using my microscope at 100x magnification and my smartphone. This guy was still moving, so it's a bit blurry, and the fact that it's 3D so you have to change the focus to get a better view at certain parts.
Now to my questions. Has anyone ever tried bleach or alcohol on cuttings? Is it effective? Should I just toss them and seek new cuttings that are examined first and treated before attempting to root? Will it be effective to mist with the water/alcohol solution daily, or is it possible that this will kill my cuttings? Any input is appreciated, and I will definitely be back to update my results.
Edit: Originally I stated 40x magnification, this is actually 100x, sorry for the confusion.