Rooting cuttings from plants saves gardeners time and effort. Cuttings grow and produce fruit faster than seeds. They also strike roots more quickly, especially if you use rooting compound. Rooting compound stimulates the cutting to strike roots within a few days, though the fungicide in chemical compounds sometimes kills the cuttings. However, using compound without fungicide runs the risk of losing your plants to root rot. One solution includes making your own rooting compound with gentle, natural fungicides.
Fill a bowl with about a pint of warm water. Place two aspirin tablets on a spoon and press the back of a second spoon into them. Crush the tablets into a fine powder and place them in the water.
Sprinkle about 2 tsp of cinnamon into the water. Stir until the aspirin is dissolved and the cinnamon is thoroughly mixed into the water. It will not dissolve. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
Pour the rooting mixture through a sieve into a clean bowl to strain out the cinnamon powder that may burn your cuttings. The aspirin will act as a rooting compound while the cinnamon will prevent fungus growth. It won't store for long; make as needed.
Dip cuttings into the compound and plant immediately.
Tips and warnings
- Dip cuttings into the compound and plant immediately.