Nurserymen and plant propagation specialist have long used the rootone rooting hormone as a “secret weapon” in rooting cuttings. When rooting cuttings, the famous “one dip” Rootone powder rooting compound gives cuttings a faster start, and them to put out stronger, healthier root development and root growth than ever before.
Because Rootone includes an added fungicide it helps prevent “damping off“, root rot and other soil-borne diseases. You can pick up a bottle of dry powder Rootone or other brands of rooting hormone at most major garden center or online at Amazon. It costs pennies to treat 100’s of cuttings! Try it yourself and see the results!
Quick Propagation Tips On Cuttings And Using A Rooting Hormone
When it’s time to propagate your favorite plants, softwood and hardwood cuttings are usually what we think of. A cutting may be a single leaf used for African violet propagation, fuchsia cuttings or a terminal “slip” from a begonia, geranium or similar plant.
Using a sharp knife or razor blade to remove cuttings from the mother plant. The leaf cuttings need one-half to one inch of stem (called the “petiole”); do a quick dip of the “cutting” into the hormone powder before inserting the base of the leaf in the rooting medium.
Stem cuttings are usually three to six inches long; cut them from the stem at about one-fourth to one-half inch below a node (leaf joint). Remove enough lower leaves so 1/3 to 1/2 of the stem can be inserted into the rooting medium.
Cuttings root well in sterile soilless medium potting mix such as coarse vermiculite. Many backyard growers use a mixture of equal parts peat moss and vermiculite. Many old-timers still rely on clean, sharp sand kept nicely moist.
Once rooted depending on the variety, transplant and grow as normal for that plant variety.
The video below shows the steps taken to root a hibiscus tree.
Note: Discovered in 1935, indolebutyric acid and naphthaleneacetic acid are found to be effective in rooting stem cuttings. Both are the active ingredients in most commercially available rooting hormone products.