Make your own organic and natural rooting hormone for rooting new
plants. Your own
natural rooting hormone helps you to control which ingredients your
plant is exposed to as it grows. You can find most of the recommended
ingredients in your pantry.
known as "auxins", tell plants when to form roots. Rooting
hormone products, which are commonly sold in powder, liquid, and gel
form, contain natural and/or synthetic compounds to help in cloning and
propagating plants by rooting.
Rooting your cuttings with the addition of hormones to speed things up and
create sturdy and healthy baby plants can be done for indoor and
outdoor plants. Including your herbs and many cultivar of vines.
As with store-bought rooting hormone, it will probably take about three
to four weeks to see any significant growth of your cuttings.
Which is why I personally prefer to root in plain old filtered,
mineral or spring water, if the plant's stems are agreeable.
It doesn't usually take that long for long and healthy root growth to
occur. And I like watching roots begin to fill a glass.
I also enjoy just popping parts of a plant into soil for them to take
root on their own - my jade, pothos, wandering jew and ivy cuttings do
well using that method, and so do many of my other plants.
I also make use of my aero-garden to root some cuttings hydroponically,
if i have an empty slot while i'm sprouting my seeds.
Remember that you do need to water and tend to your
rooting cuttings as you would any other plant. Once they're four or five
inches tall and the root seems well-developed, you can pot the cuttings
in any average potting soil mix or move them into the garden.
Having said all of that........here are common rooting hormone
ingredients to make your own:
Using Rooting Hormones
After applying your choice of hormone, plant the cuttings in a
rooting medium - either a store-bought or homemade mix. It can be done
in a very light potting mix with very little soil in it. You can easily
make your own mix using good potting soil, perlite, vermiculite, and
sphagnum moss. You can make bulk batches and store extra to have on hand
by putting it into 5 gallon utility pails from your home center.
Just be sure your homemade rooting medium is not so dense as to compact
and strangle the baby plants, but that it compacts enough to hold up the
cuttings as they grow.
Pre-moisten your mix before planting your cuttings.
You can use these individual ingredients alone, or
in combination, to make your
own natural rooting hormone:
If youíre going to use it as a natural rooting hormone on several
plants, then itís
best to grow your own aloe vera. I have a few healthy plants growing
indoors, and I use the gel in the leaves for treating minor burns, rashes, sunburn, and
minor eczema. It's an ancient healing herb, and it's easy to grow as a
houseplant. Aloe is known for healing wounds, regenerating skin growth,
and is used in hospital burn units. No wonder it's considered a good
Cut a piece off the aloe plant, make a slit down the middle, and push
a clean spoon along the aloe vera leaf towards where you cut it.
The pressure should force the gel out. Mine has big leaves, so i just
cut a piece, and squeeze the gel out into a cup.
Dip your plant cuttings into the aloe vera gel.
Make sure the ends are well-coated.
All that's left to do is plant your cuttings in your rooting medium.
Cinnamon will prevent bacteria and fungus that can kill baby
Dampen the ends of your stems in water.
Coat the ends of the stems in the cinnamon
fully, and on all sides. Plant your cuttings in
your potting soil, and watch for the growth.
Honey is well-known in traditional holistic medicine as an ancient
and valuable "superfood" with many healing qualities, as well.
You want to make sure you use raw or pure honey. Thatís because most
of the store-bought stuff has gone through pasteurization or
processing, making it less useful at fighting bacteria.
Most advice is to boil honey in water, then dip the stems, but i have
found it way better to just dip the cut stems into straight honey, then
You can use honey for softwood, greenwood and hardwood
Succulent cuttings can benefit from honey if you dip them in honey, then
propagate them by laying them right on top of your rooting medium.
The roots will start growing from the lower part of the cut leaves in
just a couple of weeks.
Willow Twig/Shoots Steeped in Water
You can combine the resulting willow water with just
about any of the other natural rooting hormone ingredients listed here.
You can use weeping willow or pussy willow twigs and/or shoots to make
the liquid hormone.
Keep in mind that it will rarely work on it's own on the hardest to root
The willow tree naturally contains salicylic acid, which can prevent infections,
fungus, and bacteria from killing your new plants. Experts
believe your plants may sprout up faster when using willow water as a
natural rooting hormone. Willow bark has beneficial healing qualities
used in holistic medicine. It's the natural source of aspirin, before
big pharma played around with making money by manufacturing it in tablet
or liquid form.
For this reason, the powder from a non-coated crushed plain aspirin is
also great when used as a rooting hormone.
And it's much easier than picking willow branches and shoots and soaking
them. I no longer have my big willow trees, so aspirin powder it is,
unless i hike through the woods in spring.
In early spring, cut fresh, green twigs or young,
green shoots from a willow tree.
Remove all leaves.
Cut twigs or shoots down into one inch pieces.
Put the twigs or shoots into a heatproof glass jar (canning jars are
great for this).
Fill it with boiling water at about 1 part plant material, to 2 parts
Let the shoots steep for at least 24-48 hrs. for a concentrated
Strain the water and toss the plant material.
Dip your cuttings into the willow water, and plant.
Due to the coconut's popularity as a healthy alternative to
dairy, oils, and such, you'll have no trouble finding coconut water to
use as a rooting agent. Use an organic brand of coconut water, or get
the water directly from a fresh coconut.
Place your stem cuttings in the coconut water and let them soak for 4 to
6 hours before planting.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar prevents and kills off bacteria, which is harmful to your young plants.
Use 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar per 1 gallon of water. Dip your
cuttings into it, than plant them in your potting soil. You can get a
lot of stems treated with this easy method, and grow quite a few rooted
cuttings, taking very little time.
Same chemical properties contained in a willow twig that can be used
to make willow water rooting hormone. It's the manufactured version of
the natural healing acids of the willow plant. I make willow bark tea as
a headache remedy.
The aspirin you use must have no coating, flavoring,
buffering, or additional ingredients.
recommended that you use a tablet containing about 325 milligrams. I use it (when I
remember!) when planting bare root trees and shrubs.
It can also be dissolved in water and your stems can be dipped into
One of my favorite nursery growers turned me onto the wonders of aspirin
for the garden many years ago, and she advised planting an aspirin in
the hole you dig to plant bareroot shrubs and plants.
The beneficial acid it contains protects your plant from fungus and bacteria as the
Crush a plain aspirin tablet with a mortar and pestle.
If you don't have one, a meat tenderizer, (flat side is the business
end). Place a tablet between sheets of wax paper or foil, and give it a
good whack or a few, until it's mostly powder with a few chunks.
Continue to crush the pieces until it's powder.
You can use the back of a spoon to press down and further break down the
Place the powder in a bowl. Moisten your plant ends, dip into the
aspirin powder, and plant your cuttings.
A few more natural rooting compounds you can try are:
Crushed Egg Shells for calcium
I use them regularly for all of my garden plants, indoors and out.
My tomatoes do very well with the addition of ground egg shells to the
For a rooting hormone, use a processor or food chopper to grind down the
shells as small as you can, put them into a jar filled with water for a
few days, then dip your stems and plant.
You can keep a jar filled with crushed shells on the counter and keep
adding water to it steep.
The peels contain a large dose of potassium.
Chop up banana peels, add hot water, and steep it for a few days.
Dip cuttings into the tea, then plant.
Coffee Grounds - nitrogen and potassium
If there's one thing that is ALWAYS available in my home, it
is coffee grounds.
I have found fresh, un-brewed, but wet coffee grounds to work best
because they're more concentrated than that of already-brewed out coffee
grounds. But used grounds have plenty of benefits.
My indoor and outdoor plants are treated to both types for healthy
growth and acids.
For plant feedings, i fill a bucket with a collection of used grounds
and add water, soak for an hour or two, and offer the steeped mix,
grounds and all, to my acid-loving plants. My indoor lemon trees,
outdoor hydrangeas, and rhododendrons love the stuff.
For my cuttings, i just dip cuttings into wet or muddy grounds from the
coffee basket, and plant.
So all that, my friends, is how you can easily make
your own natural rooting hormone to propagate most plants, at very
little cost., and expending very little time.
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