Willow Tea as a Rooting Hormone: Willow bark contains natural plant growth hormones & thus is a FREE easy to make rooting hormone used to propagate plant cuttings. How to make Willow Tea: Collect young twigs/stems of any of willow species with green or yellow bark. Remove all leaves. Cut the twigs into short pieces about 1", & place them in a heatproof container. Cover the cut stems with boiling water, just as you would when brewing tea. Allow the willow and water to steep overnight.
How to make new rose, lavender, and rosemary plants from cuttings & mini-greenhouses. Some plants, like willow, make their own rooting hormones. If you soak willow branch cuttings in water, that infusion encourages rooting as much as expensive root hormone powder does.
Home-made rooting hormone. Willow trees contain a lot of natural rooting hormone. To make it cut 15 to 20 thin twigs (any variety of willow tree). Place the twigs in a bucket, top with water, cover with lid. Let this sit for at least 24 hours then strain out the twigs. Alternately, you can put them in a pot of water and bring to boil. Let steep for 1 hour before use. Place cuttings in the water solution a day before potting. Can be refrigerated for up to one month.
Willow branch tips are full of growth hormones in the spring. They may be left in a bucket (whip around occasionally to vortex and oxygenate water, maybe don't spill so much as I do in this photo!) for a week or two. This makes a Willow sun tea that can be used for watering in spring cuttings and seeds, substantially bolstering root formation and quickening germination. After the Willow itself roots out (and it will) you can plant it--each frond will make a clonal tree. Its magic.
Take Cuttings - It's easy to take cuttings of established succulents growing in your garden. With small pruning snips, cut stem sections 1-2 inches long. Remove lower leaves. (Roots will sprout from these leaf nodes.) Let cuttings dry on a tray for a few days before you plant them. This curing process causes cut ends to callus (form a thin layer of cells). "It's OK if the cuttings shrivel up a little bit." - Great idea for a garden swap with your friends and neighbors!