Before there were commercially produced growth-stimulating solutions, farmers and gardeners made their own root fertilisers to strengthen their plants. Their homemade solutions can help you stimulate a transplanted flower or encourage a cutting to root and grow. Whether your plants grow indoors or outdoors, homemade growth solutions are a good way to strengthen your plants from the bottom up.
Harvest two to three thin willow tree tips. Cut the tips of the thin branches into 4-inch sections.
Lay the 4-inch sections on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to make slices in the sections.
Bring a gallon of water to boil on the stove.
Place the willow pieces in a bucket and cover it with the hot water. Allow the willow to steep for three days. The bucket should rest in a cool, dark room.
Remove the lid and take out the branches.
Dip your plant cutting, cut end first, in the solution before planting.
Water already planted plants with ½ cup of the solution. Repeat this step once a week until you see new growth.
Things you need
- Willow tree tips
- Pinking shears
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- 1 gallon of water