how to use root hormone powder

maryartist(10b)March 29, 2014

Hello, fabulous community!

I'm considering buying root hormone powder so that I can create cuttings and get some from an old friend.


I bet there's a step by step tutorial on these forums on how to propagate cuttings. Could you send me a link?

I wonder if this powder would help the roots of houseplants when I repot them. Is that true?

Is there a tried and true root hormone for most plants, or specific powders for succulents versus woody trees?

What's your favorite root hormone brand? Where do you find the best price?

Thank you,

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Cuttings are done differently depending on type of plant, so no one-size-fits-all tutorial is available. You can either look up correct propagation methods for the specific plant online or get something like the AHS's text on Plant Propagation or Ken Druse's Making More Plants.

Most commercial rooting powders contain the same product - a long scientific term usually shortened to IBA. And they are used similarly, most often as a dipping powder but sometimes as a liquid. It's just the concentrations that change. And you can make your own rooting hormone out of willow water - very inexpensive and just as effective.

FWIW, I would not use a rooting hormone on an established plant - that is not what it was designed for. There are some starter fertilizers that do have root stimulators incorporated but they are different form the rooting hormones.

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