If you are one of those who enjoys multiplying your plants using cuttings, surely more than once you have wanted to know if there is a homemade product that allows you to obtain plants much more quickly. Although in the nurseries they sell rooting hormones, both in powder and liquid, the truth is that it is not necessary to buy them if you have what I am going to tell you next at home.
I am sure that you will not have to leave your home to look for them, as they are products that are used daily (or almost). Here is our list with the best homemade rooters for cuttings.
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Market rooting agents
On the market there are various commercial products of both chemical and hormonal origin. The first ones that have a chemical origin are known as phytoregulators. They are those who, depending on the dose, They can have different modes of application and can produce different effects on plants. as is the case with ANA (1-naphylacetic acid). This type of phytoregulators can be used, for example, to thin the fruits of the apple tree, as well as to induce flowering in the case of pineapple.
The other group we have the hormones that are used mainly to enhance and generate the roots. They achieve this thanks to the fact that they have active materials such as alginic acid, amino acids, mannitol, among others. To these products are added both macro and micronutrient fertilizers and always in very tight doses. It is difficult to select which are the best rooters on the market, so it can also be interesting to make homemade rooters. The success of a rooting agent comes from the method of use, dose, moment when using hay, species on which it is applied, etc.
The most normal thing is that the formulation of the rooting agents on the market is liquid and They are applied by dipping the base of the cuttings or in powder. In this case, it is applied by smearing the cutting area of the cutting with this formula.
Making homemade rooting agents
Given the difference from the rooting agents on the market, we can make our totally natural home-made rooters. We have several starting sources. Regardless of the active material with which we start, the homemade rooting agent can be used in our organic garden. It is necessary to look for certain sources that serve as a reaction to stimulate the emission of roots. These materials are more active and favor the growth of the roots, increasing their development both in length and number. For this reason, we can apply the homemade rooting agents when we are going to plant the cuttings, either of the log or herbaceous type.
We are going to see what are the different types of home rooters most used and their main characteristics:
Coffee ends up waking us up in the morning, but it can also help cuttings grow roots. And it is that it has active principles that can stimulate the growth of the roots. For it, you have to do the following:
- First, you have to bring the coffee beans (or ground coffee) to a boil. More or less, you have to use about 60 grams of coffee per half a liter of water.
- Afterwards, everything is strained well to remove the remains.
- Finally, the base of the cutting is sprayed with the resulting liquid.
If we have cinnamon at home, we have a rooting agent that is very easy and fast to make. The cinnamon extract is a good stimulator of the roots, making them grow efficiently. In fact, only you have to follow this step by step:
- First, 3 tablespoons of cinnamon are added in 1 liter of water.
- Afterwards, it is left to rest overnight.
- Finally, filter and voila!
The use market is the same as the previous one. The stems of the cuttings must be left submerged for a few minutes before being planted. In this way, we achieve that the roots can grow in greater numbers and with greater length.
There are many seeds that, during their germination, release a large amount of hormones. Most of these hormones are intended to stimulate and potential for root development. The case of lentils is something special. It seems to be rich in these hormones that stimulate root development. Lentils are legumes that, in addition to being used to prepare delicious dishes, are one of the best-known home-grown roots. In order to use them as such we have to do the following:
- First, they are put in a saucepan with water for five hours.
- Then, beat everything, the lentils with the water.
- Then, it is strained and the resulting liquid is poured into a sprayer.
- Finally, it is sprayed at the base of the cutting, which is where the roots will come out.
Thanks to the willow we can prepare a powerful recipe for rooting hormones based on salicylic acid. Willow is a tree from which, in addition to obtaining aspirin, it can also be used as a rooting agent. For it, you have to follow this step by step:
- First, some branches are cut.
- Afterwards, they are washed and placed in a container of water for about a month.
- After that time, the branches are removed and the water is left in the fridge. The branches are placed in a saucepan with new water and boiled for a few minutes.
- Finally, wait for it to cool down and add the water that had been left in the fridge.
All these natural homemade rooting agents can be used to improve the rooting phase of our cuttings. Besides that, it can be used and works very well if we add it to irrigation water on plants that are just planted.
I hope that with this information you can learn more about the various homemade rooting agents and their characteristics.