Make Your Own Rooting Hormone

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


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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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November 16, 2007

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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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 WOLF from Michigan City, IN


October 22, 20102 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, 20101 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, 20171 found this helpful

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

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June 8, 20172 found this helpful

you dip the cutting into the honey after you make the then need to put the cutting into a growing medium such as Rockwood cubes or a product I use called root riot......they are sponge like blocks that hold moisture and support the cutting while it roots....the roots actually grow right through the blocks and you can plant them directly in soil.

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December 24, 20190 found this helpful

For the make rooting powder :
1) Buy a can of root hormones. This hormone is called indole butyric acid. This is a powder composition.


2) Buy a pack of baby powder from the pharmacy!
3) Mix baby powder and hormone in 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1% ratios in separate containers.
4) Dissolve the rooting hormone with ethanol. If you fail, use Koh.
5) Mix the mixture in baby powder to create a paste.
6) Powder the mortar after drying.
Now enjoy the root powder.
7) Use 0.2% and 0.4% for soft cuttings.
8) Use 0.6% and 0.8% for half-timber cuttings.
9) Use 1% concentration for rough cuttings.

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January 18, 2017

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

A jar of honey.

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