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How do I make my own Rooting hormone?

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Contributed by: ¤Spiritus†Domini¤ & Flowerman

 

Cut some willow branches (All willow species produce this natural rooting hormone), into 2" or 4" long pieces (enough pieces to fill a bowl).

 

Put the willow cuttings into a big kettle (or pot) on the stove, fill with water (all cuttings should be are covered by water). Turn on minimum heat setting, cover with a lid, and leave on low (but do not boil) for 2 hours. Then turn off heat and leave kettle covered for 12 hours.

 

After the mixture has cooled for 12 hours, the water should be a dark brown. Strain out the water, and discard the branches. Pour the mixture into a container with a plastic top with holes pre-made, and just drop your cuttings in. Let the clones sit in the hormone for 12 to 24 hours (thus allowing the cuttings to fully absorb the rooting hormones), then plant into your medium.

 

Use as much rooting hormone as you require, then discard the used portion. The unused hormone can be stored in the ice box for years

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Contributed by: ¤Spiritus†Domini¤ & Flowerman

 

Cut some willow branches (All willow species produce this natural rooting hormone), into 2" or 4" long pieces (enough pieces to fill a bowl).

 

Put the willow cuttings into a big kettle (or pot) on the stove, fill with water (all cuttings should be are covered by water). Turn on minimum heat setting, cover with a lid, and leave on low (but do not boil) for 2 hours. Then turn off heat and leave kettle covered for 12 hours.

 

After the mixture has cooled for 12 hours, the water should be a dark brown. Strain out the water, and discard the branches. Pour the mixture into a container with a plastic top with holes pre-made, and just drop your cuttings in. Let the clones sit in the hormone for 12 to 24 hours (thus allowing the cuttings to fully absorb the rooting hormones), then plant into your medium.

 

Use as much rooting hormone as you require, then discard the used portion. The unused hormone can be stored in the ice box for years

I really like your gardening tip but I do have a couple questions for you if you don't mind answering. My first question is: is there a certain time of year that willow limbs must be gathered or is the hormone present year-round? My second question is: what is the survival rate for this particular method? I only ask because it sounds fun and I may want to try it. Thanks again for the great tip.

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I was taught that this old trick is best done in the spring/summer but will work no matter the season being that the hormone is always present within the new growing tips .. I will also say this is by far no old wives tale , it really works and it is also a great addition to a Tea and as a Feed for all growing plants that you wish to grow stronger . More roots = Better Growth rates and harvests .......... PPS

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