While water rooting is an organic way of starting cuttings, some plants need a little help. Below is a simple recipe that will give your plants that head start on the rooting game.
Recipe for Homemade Apple Cider Rooting Hormone
Apple cider vinegar
Measuring cups and spoons
Jug with lid
- In a clean jug, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 5 to 6 gallons of water.
- Shake the jug.
- Label for future use.
Once the homemade apple cider vinegar rooting hormone is mixed up, simply take your cutting and dip the cut end into a saucer by which a little rooting hormone has been poured. After the end is moist, poke a hole in the soil with a pencil and insert your treated cutting in the hole. Why a pencil? Well, the reason is simple. If you try to force your cutting into the soil without making a hole first, you are running the chance of breaking off the stem. Right after the stem has been placed in the hole; gently push the soil around the cutting and water in.
To keep from overwatering your cuttings and causing them to rot, consider placing the container and all in a clear plastic bag. Once inside the bag, tie it off and place it where the cutting can get sun without cooking the in the bag.
I know at this point you are questioning this rooting hormone and how it works. Yes, I know that spraying plants with vinegar is a great way of killing them. It actually dissolves the waxy coating that many plants have on their leaves, which causes them to lose water and die. But when used in small amounts, vinegar prevents disease from bacteria and fungus. In doing so, this rooting hormone actually protects the cutting from plant disease and gives the cutting a chance to root.
While it is not noted in this recipe, if you are an organic gardener you may want to consider using organic apple cider. Also, this formula does not last forever. There is such a small amount of apple cider vinegar in the solution that keeping the water “clean” from mold forever is not possible. Once you see growth in the container, the solution should be thrown away and a fresh batch made. To keep the new batch as fresh as possible, wash out the existing container or use a new one.