The rooting hormones and natural plant hormones serve to multiply a plant by cuttings, or also as a stimulant in already constituted plants, poor in roots. With the application of these ecological and organic bio-inputs, we will obtain great benefits in the different stages of the crops. Learn all about homemade rooting hormone in this post.
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What is a Natural Plant Rooter?
When making cuttings, or trying to save a plant that has been left with a very weakened root system, it is convenient to use some rooting product, that is, one that stimulates the growth of new roots. As such there are several types, which can be classified according to their origin: chemical or natural.
While the first ones are made with synthetic phytohormones, the second ones come from natural plants, which release phytohormones in charge of stimulating the sprouting of new roots.
There are many homemade rooting hormones, such as those we will show you below:
Homemade Rooting Hormone with Lentils
Lentils have a high concentration of auxin, which is a plant hormone that regulates plant growth.
1- Soak 0.22 lb. (100 grams) of lentil seeds in 0.26 Gallon (1 liter) of water for a few hours.
2- Remove the water that we reserved and cover the wet seeds with a cloth to maintain its moisture and avoid light.
3- The next day add the reserved water again and after leaving it submerged for a few minutes, filter the water again, reserve it and cover the lentil seeds so that they can continue their germination phase.
4- Repeat this action every day until the seeds germinate and their roots grow a little.
5- During these repetitions, add a little water to replace the evaporated water.
6- Crush the whole (water plus the germinated lentil seeds) until a paste is created. Filter and we already have the rooting liquid.
Homemade Rooting Hormone Cinnamon
Cinnamon, the homemade rooting hormone is also a very effective root stimulant. To do this we put about 0.04 lb. – 0.06 lb. (20 – 30 grams) of cinnamon in a 0.26 Gallon (1 liter) of water and let it rest for an hour. After this time, we will proceed to its filtration and we will be able to reserve it for some days for its use.
To enjoy its benefits, simply sprinkle a little on the substrate and water.
Homemade Rooting Hormone with Black Beans
Beans are also good natural rooters. This is because it is the same as with lentils: they are rich in auxin.
Put the beans in a container with 0.26 Gallon (1 liter) of water, and then leave it covered for 8 to 10 hours. After that time, you have to follow this step by step:
1- First, you have to strain it and store only the liquid part. With the container that still contains the beans, you only have to cover it and leave it like that for a day.
2- After 24 hours, you will pour the water you have stored into the container of beans, and leave it for 10-15 minutes. And, again, you will strain it to store the water.
3- Then you will put the lid back on the container of beans, which will remain there for one day.
4– Repeat steps 2 and 3 until most of the beans have germinated (this will happen after another 3-4 days).
5- Then, you have to beat the beans with a mixer. These will be used to throw them into the composting machine, accelerating their composting.
6- Next, you have to pour 50% of the water you have been using and 50% of the new water into a new container.
7- Finally, every time you want to use it, you should reduce it more, as it is very concentrated. The proportion will be 1 part of rooting water to 5 parts of clean water.
Homemade Rooting Hormone Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is a food that we use a lot for cooking, but it will also be useful as a rooting agent. However, it is very important not to put more than the necessary amount, since by being so concentrated instead of making it take root, what would happen would be that it would be spoiled.
Therefore, do not add more than a small spoonful of apple vinegar for each 0.26 Gallon (1 liter) of water. This will be more than enough for your plants to produce new roots.
Homemade Rooting Hormone Aspirin
If you have aspirin at home that has expired or is about to expire, you have the option of using it as a medication for those plants that, for whatever reason, are weakened and/or have few roots.
You only have to dissolve an aspirin in a glass with a little water, and once it has dissolved, pour the resulting liquid into the pot that holds the plant. Another option is to introduce a cutting that has not yet begun to take root in that glass for an hour.
When to Add the Rooting Agent to the Plants?
The rooting agent should be used when you have a cutting, but it is also highly recommended when the roots of a plant have been manipulated a lot (during a transplant, for example), or they have suffered damage by pruning or other reasons. Anyway, even if it is healthy, it is not wrong to water it with rooting hormones from time to time, since this will make it grow with better health and greater strength.
I hope that this guide about homemade rooting hormone very useful with your plants.