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Old 05-28-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I bought a bottle thinking I would propagate plants but as I read up on it, I am finding this stuff is pretty serious. What's your experience with this?
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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you can use cinnamon as a rooting hormone as well and stay away from the harmful stuff .
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I bought a bottle thinking I would propagate plants but as I read up on it, I am finding this stuff is pretty serious. What's your experience with this?

What is the brand name of the product?


I've used Clonex rooting hormone with good success.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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^ I am not worried about success. I am worried about the harmful chemicals they contain.

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you can use cinnamon as a rooting hormone as well and stay away from the harmful stuff .
Yeah, I am considering chucking the bottle and using non-hazardous substitutes.

Interesting you suggest cinnamon. I have not heard about that one before. Do you use the powder form as you would the rooting hormone?
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:06 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Chop up some willow twigs/small branches in early spring and boil in water for 10 minutes, then cool and let sit overnight The resulting liquid makes a great rooting compound.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I just dip my twig into rooting hormone. Not sure how much harm can it do.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:50 AM
 
Location: NC
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As with anything, just follow the written directions and you will be fine. Keep the unused portion in the bottle. Don't dump it down the drain or put it in the garbage. It works on plant biology. You only want it to work in a particular way, so just follow the directions. When you want to get rid of unused portions, treat it as hazard waste, meaning take it to the dump on days they collect paint, turpentine, dye, all that kind of stuff.
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Old 05-28-2019, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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Cinnamon will kill any itty bitty critters on the cutting, but doesn't otherwise promote root growth.

I've never heard of using willow twigs before, but aspirin was originally derived from willow, and some people use aspirin to prolong the life of cut flowers, so there may be a connection there.

My favorite routine for rooting is to submerge the entire cutting in water with a little bleach and dish soap (NOT any kind of "ultra" soap), remove lower leaves, (use rooting hormone if desired), plant in a light soil, keep moist and shady until new growth appears above ground.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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We used rooting hormone in a greenhouse class when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. None of us suffered any health consequences. We also didn't use any respirators, safety goggles, helmets, or gloves when handling it.

Just don't purposely snort the powder or eat it and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Just like most products, it is safe when used as directed. Don't use it on your body, or ingest it. Wash it off your hands if you get it on you. Same precautions you would use with most any chemical not designed for use on, or in, the human body.
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