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Organic Home Made Root Stimulant- DIY

Updated on October 7, 2012

Root stimulants are designed to help plant cuttings grow new roots faster. Store-bought varieties can be costly and full of chemicals. They use a synthetic plant hormone called indolebutyric acid, which can also be found in all species of Willow trees. The Native Americans are thought to be the first people to use Willow Water as root stimulant.

Interesting fact: Hippocrates wrote that chewing the bark of a Willow tree reduced pain and fever. The effective ingredient, Salicin, was isolated from the Willow bark near the end of the 19th century, and Aspirin was born.

Willow trees grow primarily in the Northern hemisphere, and any of the 400 species will work. To make your root stimulant quickly, take approximately two cups of willow branch cuttings. Trim off any leaves, and cut the branches into 3" pieces, and place in a glass jar.

Next, boil approximately 2 L water. Make sure you do not boil the twigs with the water.

Pour your boiling water over the twigs, then let them soak for eight to ten hours, discarding twigs before using.

You can make your Willow Water without boiling the water, just pour it over your Willow twigs, then let sit 24 to 48 hours. Again, discard the twigs before using.

Another interesting fact: In 2004, gardeners reported finding their plants grew much better when given a tiny dose of Aspirin. The Agricultural Research Service is investigating this claim. But don't start crushing Aspirin to sprinkle in your garden; it is a very small amount diluted in water- 1:10 000.

Use Of Willow Water

When you take fresh cuttings from almost any plant, pour the Willow Water into a see-through glass jar or cup, then put the cutting in the water. The plant absorbs the indolebutyric acid, and before long, roots will form.

Willow Water can be stored in the fridge for two months, and used to water plants.


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      Faye Kroese 24 months ago

      This sounds like something great to try. Thank you!

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      Amber Joy 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, WiseRabbit. Yes, a Weeping Willow is classified as a Salix, and any Salix willow will work.

      I used it on a rescue Orchid, just to water it when I transplanted it. I noticed a difference in 24 hours. Good luck!

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      Robin Turner 6 years ago from Western North Carolina

      interesting. like a weeping willow tree? wonder if this would help the things I just planted for spring...