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Daniel Kern
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I know there are some plants which need a little bit of help in order to root from a cutting, and the conventional method is to use a commercial rooting hormone, but I would like to know if anyone has experience using any other kinds of things in place of these hormones? I have heard that cow manure and honey can be used. Has anyone used manure or honey and had success?

Edit: also i just found this willow water
 
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Willow juice.

Take some willow cuttings, soak them in water, and use the water on your new cuttings. Here's a link which explains the chemistry. If you have any further questions, by all means ask. I use this method myself and it works. I don't know how you are going to find plant growth hormones in honey or cow manure; I think the critters break down compounds like that rather than pass them through.

I didn't even see the postscript with the same link. Yes, it works.
 
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At home, I use raw honey for rooting cuttings. The reason why it works and does so well is because honey is a good antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. In addition, it contains lots of simple sugars and amino acids to feed the cuttings. The honey itself does not contain hormones; it is just good food to help the plant figure it out what to do on its own. I have heard that saliva can also be used because it has antiseptic properties.
 
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