LifestyleNatural root stimulators: DIY solution for efficient plant propagation

Natural root stimulators: DIY solution for efficient plant propagation

Natural plant rooting hormones work great.
Natural plant rooting hormones work great.
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2:36 PM EST, February 10, 2024

Plant propagation is usually seamless. Simply insert the shoots into a glass of water, wait for them to root, and then plant them. Some plants even permit direct planting into the ground.

Need to propagate plants? Use a root stimulator

Propagating shrubs and vines tend to be more complex. The cuttings need to develop robust roots to survive. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. We often require a root stimulator, a product that aids the plant in producing healthy roots, for successful propagation.

This substance contains auxins, which are synthetic plant hormones that stimulate plant cells' growth. They also contain agents that fortify the plant - vitamins, trace elements, and sometimes even fungicides.

Natural plant root stimulator: DIY for pennies

We don't have to purchase root stimulators from garden stores. We can side-step expensive, chemical substances and make our own. Willow is ideal for this. It has components that act like a root stimulator - natural plant hormones. The bark of a willow, which contains salicylic acid that fortifies against pathogens, additionally helps strengthen the roots.

The process of creating a natural root stimulator from willow is fairly simple. You require several year-old willow shoots from a variety that yields basal shoots. Cut them into pieces about 0.8-1.6 inches long and if there are base shoots, remove those sections.

Place the pieces into a large jar and pour boiling distilled water over them. Seal the jar and let it stand for 24 hours. After that period, soak the ends of the cuttings for several hours. You can also irrigate plants in the garden with the prepared concoction shortly after planting - it offers excellent support for their growth.

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