I mentioned using rooting powder to a friend yesterday and was surprised when she asked what it was. Having grown up with my mother using it to start new plants, I assumed everyone knew about rooting powder, also referred to as rooting hormone or rooting compound.
This amazing product makes rooting cuttings a breeze and is inexpensive to use. I recently used it to start cuttings from my scented geranium. I had tried starting them in water, but the stems always rotted.
By using rooting powder and starting them in moist peat moss, I produced a dozen healthy scented geranium plants from the cuttings when I cut back the original plant.
If you haven't tried rooting powder for starting cuttings, I highly recommend buying a bottle and keeping it on hand. One container will last for years without losing its effectiveness and is ideal for those hard-to-root plants.
How to Use Rooting Powder to Root Cuttings
Cuttings typically form roots within a few weeks, but the amount of time depends on the type of plant you are rooting. Leaves should remain green and appear healthy.
There are many brands of rooting powder available, but I have had good luck with the Schultz "Take Root".
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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