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5 Rooting Hormones That You Can Find In Nature

Do you have a nice plant at home and do you want to propagate it using its hormones? Look no further, you are in the right spot.

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Some of us maybe have an acre of land or a few pots in which we plant some of our favorite plants.  Some of them might be healthy, like rosemary or lavender, while others enhance the overall appearance of a specific spot. For that reason, we might feel the need to duplicate a plant and spread it all over the house, or perhaps gift them to your friends, and that is where rooting hormones come in as a method to clone plants or trees just by using a part of their stem.

And because we know that you would never think of harming your garden with nasty chemical products, we brought you a few natural alternatives that will tickle your fancy.

I- Apple cider vinegar :
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Apple cider vinegar is one of the natural choices we offer. It can be a great rooting hormone stimulant.  Just add a few drops to a cup of water and mix well, then dip the cutting in it and place it in the soil. Don’t use more than the recommended dose of vinegar, otherwise, it will certainly backfire and do the exact opposite of what you expected.

II- Cinnamon powder :

Cinnamon is a perfect fungicide that can also be used as a rooting hormone that will give the cuttings a head start. All you need to do is apply the powder to the stem, then plant the cutting. Without a doubt, it will double your propagation success rate.

III- Potatoes? Absolutely! :
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Did you think that growing cuttings inside potatoes is a myth? Absolutely NOT!

You are capable of growing rose cuttings, for example inside potatoes, as they remain rich in nutrients even after they are removed from the soil. And not only do they contain vitamins and minerals, but they also remain moist for quite a long time, making them an ideal vegetable and “pot” in which your cuttings can survive and thrive. All you need to do is to drill a hole in the potato as wide as you’re cutting and just insert it there and plant the potato in the soil. Job well done!

IV- Honey :
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Honey can work as a rooting hormone thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It will protect your plants and let them root in peace by promoting root growth. All you need to do is to dip your stem in pure honey then plant it, or mix a cup of tepid water with 1 tsp of honey and let your stem soak in it for a while before you plant it.

V- Willow water :

All you need is some of the new branches of a willow tree. It does not even have to be a leafing branch, just new actively growing branches would do, as those contain indole butyric acid that stimulates root growth.

– Get a handful of those branches

– Cut them into smaller branches

– Place them inside your blender

– Add about 150 ml of water

– Blend everything for about 30 seconds

– Now pour the pulp inside a jar and DO NOT close it

– Let it sit for 24 – 48 hours and shake the mix every 6 hours

– Stick your cuttings in the jar

– Wait for 2 to 3 weeks to see roots

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Jack Newman