Definition - What does Rooting Hormone mean?
Rooting hormone is a combination of plant growth hormones that helps to stimulate a plant cutting so it sends out new nodes from a stem node. It can come in either powder, gel, or liquid form.
Rooting hormones are also known as auxin hormones. This type of hormone accelerates the growth of the plant by helping the cutting switch from producing green stem cells to manufacturing root cells.
Rooting hormones increase the chance of successful plant rooting and can also help to produce roots of higher quality. It simplifies the task of propagating plants. Using this type of hormone might be ideal for vertical gardening as it minimizes the time it takes for plants to grow properly and can also ensure that the roots of the plants hold strongly in the soil.
MaximumYield explains Rooting Hormone
Many people prefer to use rooting hormones in a gel or talc-based powder form, as rooting solution takes a longer time to prepare, given that it requires dilution before applying. Rooting hormones are used to speed up rooting if the propagation conditions aren’t ideal for the specific plant.
Using rooting hormones with the propagation process requires a freshly cut branch or stem that doesn’t have any leaves. Be careful not to get the rooting hormone on the foliage as this can damage the leaves.
It is important to understand the rooting hormones and their effects on specific plant genes before use. Even with plants that can handle rooting hormones, it is important to ensure the rooting hormone is used in proper amounts to avoid damaging the cutting. The quantity depends on the type of rooting hormone and the plant in hand.
For example, with plants like dahlia, hibiscus, cape daisy, or lobelia, the use of rooting hormone is highly recommended. Conversely, the use of rooting hormone on coleus, petunia, moss rose, or impatiens can disrupt growth.