Homemade root growth stimulator

Written by monica patrick | 13/05/2017
Homemade root growth stimulator
A strong root system is important for growing a healthy plant. (Claudia Uribe/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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
  • Bucket
  • 1 gallon of water

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