How to Make Your Own Rooting Hormone

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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When starting a new plant from a leaf or stem cutting,repparttar 113381 cutting will be more likely to form roots and create a new plant if a rooting hormone is used.

While commercial rooting hormone can be used there are organic homemade versions that work as well.

To make rooting hormone soakrepparttar 113382 yellow-tipped shoots of a weeping willow tree in water. A tea made fromrepparttar 113383 bark of a willow tree is also effective. When usingrepparttar 113384 shoots or bark soak them for 24 hours prior to using.

Some people have found that using honey makes an effective rooting hormone as well.

Leaf cuttings: Any plant with leaves such as African Violet, Geranium etc. can be propagated with leaf cuttings. Using a sharp knife cut off a healthy leaf atrepparttar 113385 point where it joinsrepparttar 113386 stem. Insertrepparttar 113387 cut part, called a petiole, intorepparttar 113388 rooting hormone. Placerepparttar 113389 end into a small container of light potting soil in which you have made a small hole with a pencil. Making a hole prior to planting assures thatrepparttar 113390 rooting hormone will not be brushed offrepparttar 113391 cutting when you plant it. Perlite, Vermiculite, and/or water-soaked Sphagnum moss can be added to potting soil to makerepparttar 113392 soil light. Make surerepparttar 113393 leaf is leaning slightly so thatrepparttar 113394 new plants will have plenty of light and not be shaded byrepparttar 113395 leaf.

Extend the Life Of Your Flowers By Steaming Them

Written by Gerry Belvedere

This method of extending cut flower life may sound a bit drastic but it is quite effective.

1. Have two clean buckets ready. Rinse them out with some bleach solution first.

2. Boil some water in a kettle and fill bucket No.1 with 2 inches ofrepparttar boiled water.

3. Fill bucket No. 2 with 4 inches of cool water.

4. Cut a half inch or so fromrepparttar 113376 stems of your flowers or foliage and put them inrepparttar 113377 hot water for 20 seconds, no longer.

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