Need some tips on using rooting hormone... : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread

I picked it up at K-mart yesterday. I have never used it, but thougth I might try some roses with it. Any tips? Any other plants it will work with? Thanks...

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, April 26, 2002


I use Rootone for all of my rooting.It works on just about anything.I've used it for bridal wreath,forsythia,honeysuckle,roses, jap.dogwood,and so much more! I just take a cutting of about 4 inches(cut at an angle at the node), dip the bottom of the cutting in water,dip the bottom inch in rooting hormone,place in potting soil,and cover with plastic to keep moisture in.I check them about every 2 weeks by gently tugging on the cutting.If I feel resistance,the roots are growing. Oh,it works for most trees,shrubs,houseplants,vines,etc.The only thing I've never tried is cuttings from vegetables,but can't think of a reason to try

-- Johna (in central TX) (, April 26, 2002.

Did you know that you can make homemade rootone? You take some willow branches, beat with a hammer and put in water. That water contains a chemical that promotes rooting.

The thing I haven't been able to find out is--does it work with both willow tree branches AND willow branches growing near streams?

Much cheaper than rootone though!

I've always heard to take off all but a few leaves (esp all below ground level), root in a sand/soil mixture and don't put the cuttings in the direct sun.

I'm trying something different--no rootone, planted directly in the sun in the garden. So far, I can't tell a difference....

-- Ann Markson (, April 26, 2002.

a little bit goes a long way, doesn't take much. Try it with just about any woody-stemmed type plant/bush. Impatiens and marigolds although hormone not needed for those, it'll speed the process up.

-- Dave (, April 26, 2002.

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