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How to Keep Herb Cuttings Alive with Rooting Hormones.

by Pathlie Lee Business consultant

Fresh herbs can make a difference in your dish. But they can get pretty expensive. If you just want a few sprigs or a few leaves now and then to sprinkle over your pizza or soup, then you’ll be better off propagating herbs from cuttings.

However, things don’t always go according to plan. If you keep ending up with yellow or sickly leaves or the roots die on you, then you’ll want to figure out where you’re going wrong.

Use a rooting hormone

One way to keep all these from happening is to use a rooting hormone. You can dip the end of the stems in the hormone. That’s going to help the cuttings root much quicker, the Better Homes and Gardens says, and help your seeds grow faster into herbs. Here’s what you need to know before you shop for a plant rooting hormone.

Pick the right form

Rooting hormones can come in powdered or liquid form. You’ll need to decide which one is a good choice for the cuttings you want to propagate. A bit of research can help you decide which form is most suitable for the type of cuttings you want to work with. You can also try out multiple forms on several types of cuttings to help you get a first-hand idea about how and which form works better for your plants.

Proper storage

Contamination can lead to poor results. Before you dip the cuttings in the rooting hormone, make sure you don’t contaminate the supply by putting the hormone in a separate container, the SFGate says. That way, you can ensure the best results. Once you’re done with the hormones, you’ll want to throw out any unused product from the container. Don’t reuse it. Otherwise, you’ll only be wasting your cuttings.

Get the dosage right

When you use a plant rooting hormone, be sure to read up on the dosage. That matters. Applying too little or too much of the hormone will either have little to no effect on your plant or it could kill your cuttings rather quickly. Think of it as though you’re giving medicine. If you want to the best results, then you’ll need to get the dosage right.

Reuse the water

Once the cuttings start to grow, don’t be too quick to replace your water. If your plant and equipment are clean and you’ve put the cuttings in a glass jar, then keep the water. Plants release a hormone once they start rooting. That, coupled with the hormone you’ve added to the plant, will only encourage further rooting—which is all around a good thing for you. You can also use water from previously rooted plants. This can help the next batch root a great deal faster.

Shop wisely

Don't forget to research your buying options. Get the hormones you need from a trusted supplier. Doing so will ensure that you don’t end up with a bad batch. Check out the cost and delivery times as well as the reputation and track record of the company before you put in an order for your hormones and other supplies.


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About Pathlie Lee Advanced   Business consultant

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