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.
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
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.
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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