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Doff Hormone Rooting Powder (75g)
+++ How I came to use this product +++
My now husband and I were good friends before we starting "seeing" each other over a decade ago. We both bought our first places within six weeks of each other, and helped each other turn the houses into homes as cheaply as possible.
When it came to the gardens, we realised that we would simply have to be patient as we were running low on money. A scientist friend gave me this rooting hormone powder as a (very original) housewarming present.
I never knew that such a thing existed. Commercial rooting powders usually contain auxin molecules, which coordinate plant development. Wikipedia explains that Auxins promote root initiation. Auxin induces both growth of pre-existing roots and adventitious root formation, i.e. branching of the roots. As more native auxin is transported down the stem to the roots, the overall development of the roots is stimulated.
+++ The Product & Price +++
The powder is housed in a plastic container. Mine is slightly different to the one pictured - it came with a dibber-lid. It costs £4 for 75g. (May 2013)
+++ Directions +++
The rooting powder is very easy to use. Firstly moisten the lower tip of the cutting.
Next apply powder to the moistened tip. You can dip the cutting tip into the container, or alternatively decant a small amount onto wax paper. Shake off the excess powder and plant in the chosen growing medium. I usually use perlite as it's a light product that supports plants when making roots. Ensure the growing medium remains moist.
+++ The results +++
I first used the rooting powder on various hardwood cuttings from friends' gardens. (I was particularly proud of my healthy rosemary plants, until I learned that they take well without any artificial hormones!)
I successfully created 18 new plants from cuttings in that first year of propagating with rooting hormone. I've lost track of the number of new plants I created from that one little pot of hormone.
+++ Recommendation +++
Plants are really expensive to buy. When we first moved here, our garden was literally empty. All gravel,a little bit of grass and that was it. Starting from scratch and growing our own along the way, we have now established a nice mature-looking garden full of greenery, plants, shrubs, trees and the like. We also maintain a number of hanging baskets, containers, pots and window boxes.
We wouldn't have done this as cheaply as we have without investing in a greenhouse and, learning as we went along, growing our own plants from cuttings.
In Year 1, everything was bought in a pot. In Year 2, about 10% of our new stock came from rooting our own cuttings and last year, Year 4, this has increased to about 40%.
We painstakingly followed the advice given in our favourite gardening books and although we had more failures than successes in Year 1, now we very rarely fail to get at least some successes from any given rooting attempt. Don't just rely on one or to cuttings - take a few and increase your chances of success.
We took advice from our local garden centre who sold us this hormone rooting powder. It was £2.99 for a 75g tub. This is enough to last a whole season for us, with some left over.
It is important to select the right part of the plant to use as a cutting and unfortunately it is not just as straightforward as dipping the cutting in the powder and bunging it in a pot. The growing medium is really important as is temperature and watering and there is plenty of advice on this available in books or on-line. Also, care and attention along the way is key. You need to keep your eye on them.
I would suggest you start off with plants that root easily. Your first successes will really encourage you and before you know it, your friends and neighbours will be hinting out and you will be pleased to show them what you have learnt, pass on some of your new plants and expect to get some in due course in return.
The container incorporates a dibber in the lid so that you can make holes for your cuttings. Nice idea.
Doff Hormone Rooting powder is available from good garden centres and is also available via Amazon. If you're quick, it's only 37p via The Gardener's Friend.
WARNING !!doff rooting Powder should NOT BE USED on EDDABLE plants please read instructions VERY CAREFULLY !! The Warning is VERY SMALLI have had to throw away over 60 strawberry cuttings as I was sold this product with no mention of its dangers !!!!Nigel , WEston-super-Mare
Promote strong healthy roots and give your plant the best start.