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Author:  keithmart [ 30 Jun 2020, 11:16 ]
Post subject:  Propagation ideas


I came across these two you tube videos, which are actually about roses, but should work for trees as well.



Using banana skin is a new one on me, Bananas produce ethylene gas (C2H4), which acts as a plant hormone, so maybe there is something in it. If it works then it is cheaper than rooting hormone.

The main two ways to make your own rooting hormone are with either honey or willow. Most people do not have access to willow trees, but can get a hold of some honey. Boil two cups of water. Add a tablespoon of organic honey (you can use processed if it's all you have)

The reason honey works well as a natural rooting hormone is because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Honey protects the cuttings from pathogens and allows the natural rooting hormones in the cutting to stimulate root growth.

Has anyone any thoughts?

Author:  Rivulus123 [ 30 Jun 2020, 17:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: Propagation ideas

I have heard of gardeners using Honey for this method before. Admittedly I have never used it myself as I have always relied on J. Arthur Bowers.

Author:  richardb [ 30 Jun 2020, 20:05 ]
Post subject:  Re: Propagation ideas

A method I found on a scientific web site was to make a solution of water, hormone compound and sugar and soak the cutting for 3 to 4 days. Apparently this way the plant absorbs more hormone and I think the sugar feeds the cutting. I am currently testing this on some cuttings.

Author:  Betula [ 30 Jun 2020, 22:58 ]
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Other options are to dip cuttings in dilute peroxide or hot water for a few moments to kill pathogens before treating with hormone rooting powder and sticking the cuttings.
Using sterile compost , clean pruning tools, and followinging good bio-security precautions will also help
Willow water has not been scientifically proven to work and honey will certainly encourage wasps and ants- it may well have antibacterial qualities but no rooting hormones , so Im not so sure about it ability to stimulate roots? It could get very messy!

Author:  wood walloper [ 01 Jul 2020, 08:08 ]
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richardb, that's interesting, what plant/s are the cuttings from?

I shall watch this thread with interest!

Author:  richardb [ 01 Jul 2020, 12:19 ]
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I am trying this with hawthorn which are notorious for not playing ball. Something to do with the bark/ cambium layer.

Author:  Nutcracker [ 01 Jul 2020, 20:40 ]
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I have a bucket of willow cuttings, they've been in the water for about 6 months now and there's a lot of roots. I'm going to try shoving some random cuttings from other things in there and see what happens.

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