Rez Zircon wrote:So maybe one could make a tea from something that germinates well (say, wheat) while it's in mid-sprout, and douse reluctant seeds with that?
Rez Zircon wrote:Well, if it a hormone, quantity is probably more significant than source.
Rez Zircon wrote:And even phytoestrogens [plant estrogens] can affect humans (and dogs, and probably other animals) ... cross-compatibility of germination hormones seems very likely.
Also, "rooting hormone" is generic.
Hmm. What happens if you apply rooting hormone to a seed??
Victor Johanson wrote: Hops contain very potent phytoestrogens, perhaps explaining the man-boobularity of many heavy beer drinkers. But I don't know what the purpose of that compound in the hops plant is; it may be a chemical that hops uses for a sexually unrelated purpose that just happens to fit the receptors in humans, like compounds in certain plastics do.
Rez Zircon wrote: Research has found that a sudden urge to become vegetarian in middle-aged human females is strongly associated with estrogen deficiency; presumably this is instinctive cravings making up the slack from plant sources.
Rez Zircon wrote:We're all more related than we'd like to believe... if someone accuses us of having the brains of a plant, we may have little defense. :)
About those Gibberellins made by fungus... occurs to me that lack of such fungi in the soil might be a cause of poor germination, if some plants depend on an external source to trigger their seeds.