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Use of honey when taking cuttings

BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,506
Anybody have any thoughts/experience re. the use of honey as a substitute for/addition to a rooting agent?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,628
    Never heard of it but, since I can't get rooting hormone powder here I had a google and found this - https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/cuttings/honey-root-hormone.htm#:~:text=in%20length%20and%20cut%20on,soil%2C%20water%20and%20even%20rockwool.

    Now to find some raw honey.....
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  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,506
    Thanks for that link @Obelixx. I'd seen another article about honey potentially keeping the cutting bacteria-free but that credits it with even more superpowers. I've given it a go with a variety of cuttings taken yesterday so I'll post the results when they're in.
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 558
    For several years now I have used the pulp from Aloe vera leaves. It is both antibacterial and antifungal and definitely speeds up rooting.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,628
    I have aloe veras but not raw honey.  Do you just wipe a cut leaf against the the cutting or what?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,886
    I have used soluble Vitamin C tablets - obviously dissolved in some water - as an aid to rooting cuttings. However, I have no empirical evidence to prove that cuttings treated like this root any better than those just left alone.
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  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    Can't comment on it as a rooting agent, but I've always used it to fix snapped tomato plants like this:

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2228888#Comment_2228888
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