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Make Your Own Rooting Hormone From Willow Twigs

Willow-weave path

Create a willow border in the garden - weave small, flexible willow branches around larger branches staked into the soil.

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.

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.

Taking Geranium Cuttings: "Many gardeners keep Geraniums all winter so that they can make cuttings to multiply their plants. Geraniums root readily from cuttings and can be done in late January or February. To take a cutting, remove a 3- to 4-inch section of the plant's stem tip with a sharp knife. Pinch off the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and dip the cut end into a rooting hormone.

New Roots & Plants from Stem Cuttings

Root your plant cuttings with honey.