GET GREAT ROOTS WITH EZ-CLONE ROOTING COMPOUND
Farmers and gardeners traditionally propagated plants to increase their stock, carefully treasuring cuttings and seeds to have and to share. However through study and research, easier methods of propagating increase in stock were discovered. Methods such as using root compound were introduced to daily farming system. This involves the using of compounds such auxins to generate growth of plant stocks using only cuttings. These compounds can be acquired naturally or homemade. Although store bought rooting compound doesn’t seem to be overly expensive, most folks don’t know that it can be toxic due to the fungicide included to protect plant cuttings from disease.
Just as it is the case in humans, hormones stimulate various functions in plant growth. The first hormone discovered to cause root growth is called auxin. The synthetic version of auxin is what we find in commercially sold compounds today. Synthetic root compounds aid in the development of plant propagation from cuttings. The compound encourages root development in plant cuttings that may be hard to root, especially if the cutting did not have any generated root system.
With detailed research and the right kind of knowledge, it is possible for one to make his or her own root compound basically called willow water. This is derived from a natural growing willow trees. Salix, or willow trees, contain two chemicals, salicylic acid and indolebutyric acid. The first chemical protects cuttings from infections. The second chemical stimulates the growth of the root system. The root compound is made from several branches of any type of willow tree. For those interested in cutting down the cost and learning through experimenting, just follow the process and be assured of successful results at the end.
Cut several sections of a healthy willow stem from the tree. The stems should be the current year’s growth and green. Wood that is black or brown is too old to use for a homemade rooting hormone as most of its strong content is already drained. Strip the stems of the willow leaves and add to the compost bin. Cut the stems into about a 3-inch pieces until you have 2 cups of willow sections with you. Set the willow pieces in a gallon bucket and cover the pieces with a gallon of boiling water. Loosely cover the bucket to keep the willow water free from bugs or other foreign material. Allow the willow water to set overnight in order to ferment into a strong root compound.
Uncover the lid in the morning and pour the willow water through a screen and into sterile jars. Seal the jars tightly and label them with the date you made the willow water. Store the willow water in the refrigerator and use it as needed to root your cuttings. The willow water sustains its usefulness for approximately two months. Use the willow water by pouring about 6 ounces into a container. Set the cuttings in the container with the bottom down and the right side up. Let the cuttings sit for 24 to 48 hours. Plant the cuttings in the growing tray and watch as your cuttings develop into fully grown plants overtime.