Growing Plants from Cuttings? Use HONEY as Rooting Hormone! It really works and proven in a study!
Make propagating plants from cuttings easier by using honey as rooting hormone before planting. It’s the best natural “one-ingredient” rooting hormone. It may contain the enzymes that promote root growth, but most importantly the antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties in honey save the cuttings from rot and infection.
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According to a study published in the University of Hawaii Extension, a series of experiments were conducted to find out the efficacy of honey as a rooting hormone as compare to commercial rooting hormones available in the market.
It concluded, “Honey did demonstrate an ability to root plant species, but it is not as successful as synthetic rooting hormones.” It means you can use honey as an alternative to market products. Read more here!
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How to Use Honey as Rooting Hormone?
There’re three ways to do that:
- Dip the cut end of cutting you’re going to plant in undiluted honey and rotate it to create a thin layer around it. After dipping, plant it in the growing medium.
- Add two tablespoons of honey in two cups of boiled water and let the solution to cool. Dip the cutting in it and plant it in the growing medium.
- Wet cuttings in the water and roll them in cinnamon powder. Afterward, turn the cuttings in honey before planting. Addition of cinnamon will increase the potency of this DIY rooting hormone.
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