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Make Your Own Rooting Hormone

Plants often root more successfully when you use a rooting hormone, but you don't have to buy a commercial product. This is a guide about how to make your own rooting hormone.


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June 3, 2013 Flag

I read somewhere that Weeping Willow branches don't need rooting hormone. In fact, if you take a branch and boil it in some water, that will itself make rooting hormone for other plants to grow roots.


I don't plan on planting one in the yard but I think it is nifty that a branch from this tree will cause other plants to root out. I am taking a gardening course too. Of course not having that, I use honey as a rooting hormone when I need one.

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January 17, 20170 found this helpful

This works Great. I use a large pot and boil the branches to make a tea, let it sit for a day or two then pour into recycled jugs to use for my up coming transplants. I put a pear tree branch in this "tea" a few years back & I now have a beautiful rapidly growing tree.

If you look around your neighborhood you may find someone with a tree. Most people ok with you taking a few branches one you explain what you need them for. Just remember to ask permission first...

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

A jar of honey.

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Honey is a great natural alternative to chemical rooting based rooting hormones. This is a guide about using honey to root cuttings.


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November 16, 2007 Flag

Making your own rooting hormone with willow water.

Here's what you do:

Now remember since this method isn't very exact, the strength of the willow water can vary depending on the time of year, the number of twigs, the concentration of hormones in the twigs, and the amount of time that the twigs were soaked. You will, however, still get a solution that will help your plants root.

By Sherry from Silverdale, WA

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

In the spring when new growth begins would probably be the better time to take cuttings.

Simmering the twigs for a few minutes, then let soak over night should help the process along.

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October 17, 2010

I know you can make your own rooting hormone dip with willow branches. But can you make it with other rigorous rooting plants such as mulberry bushes by soaking their branches or roots in water for a while? What about kudzu?

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By Phillip from Michigan City, IN

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October 22, 20100 found this helpful

I prefer to use honey as a rooting hormone, and it helps to keep rot from setting in also.



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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

Robyn, do you mix the honey with water first, or use it undiluted? Thanks, Nica

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October 24, 20100 found this helpful

I dip the tip of my cuttings into honey. This works as well as any purchased rooting hormone. jjs w palm fla.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

bsvgs - dip the ends of the cuttings in honey (no water)

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

Honey are sometimes adulterated. How do I identify quality honey

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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

How long should i dip in honey? Overnight or until rooting is visible?

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