[Homestead] Low cost alternative to tissue culture

tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Fri Feb 11 12:57:11 EST 2005

Small scale cloning of orchard trees, bushes by cuttings

dipped in rooting chemicals and planted in styrofoam

drinking cups containing samdy soil---cut, burn hole in

bottom for drainage)










http://www.stretcher.com/stories/03/03mar24d.cfm  (make

your own rooting chemical from willow bark or aspirin


Natural Rooting Hormone:
Rooting hormones available as liquids or powders contain a

synthetic form of indolebutyric acid (IBA). IBA in it's

natural state is a plant hormone or growth regulator. You

can make your own rooting hormone from the ever versatile

willow tree. Willow contain a high concentration of IBA

however the effectiveness can vary by the amount of twigs

you use, the level of IBA that is present when you take

your cuttings and the amount of time that you soak your

mixture. Any willow (salix) trees or shrub species will

work. Cut a good handful of willow twigs. Then cut them

into two to three inch pieces. Put them in a glass or

plastic container with a few inches of lukewarm water.

Soak for 24-48 hours. You will then use the water to soak

your cuttings in overnight. Another method is to water

your the soil into which you have placed your cuttings.

Two applications should be sufficient. Other types of

cuttings may be rooted directly in a jar of the water. You

will need to make a fresh batch of willow water for each


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