Bearer of the Golden Afro
Don't feel bad. Mine didn't make it either. I took some more as well.
I would ditch the bennies and go sterile. Particularly if your having warmer water temps. Sounds like you got "The Funk"Well my clones didn’t make it. Not sure what I did wrong but they got yellow/droopy and the stems all got mushy. I took some more clones for another try, if these don’t make it either then I’ll be running 10 from seed, so no side by side.
The powders like the cheapo "TakeRoot" from a garden center, with the indole-3-butyric acid seems like it would be a better option. It would initially stick to the raw parts of the plant but it would rinse off eventually.I would ditch the bennies and go sterile. Particularly if your having warmer water temps. Sounds like you got "The Funk"
I have seen info suggesting that when using a water or aeocloneing method that "gels" actually slow down rooting.
Probably better adding a hormone like "Hormex" or KLN to your solution than dipping the cuts.
As others have stated, many varieties will root in straight water but from what I have experienced with things like OG's is that you will have a much higher success rate with hormone.