Increase your chances with rooting hormone
At the time of writing this i have a bit of spare time on my hands. I usually spend it in the garden or just pottering around the property. I am new to the gardening scene and find it fascinating. Especially the science and process around how we do things a particular way. My partner is not so new to gardening, she has years of experience and is always happy to explain why she does things the way she does.
Yesterday we spent a some time working over a new batch of Grevillea Bronze Rambler. An amazing ground cover plant which does amazingly in clay soil. It is however a bit of a pain to grow in the nursery. We have taken several hundred cuttings and to give us a fighting chance that the cuttings will take we dipped them in Yates Clonex Rooting Hormone Gel.
What is a Rooting Hormone?
Rooting hormones are naturally found in plants but can take a long time to activate therefore gardeners often employ the assistance of rooting hormone gels, powders or liquids. Rooting hormone is a mixture of plant hormones which are able to stimulate the growth of a plant cutting. By using a rooting hormone, you can clone a new plant from a fresh plant cutting ensuring that the cloned plant grows fast and strong.
Yates Clonex Rooting Hormone Gel comes in two “flavours”, Purple for Softwood and Semi-Hardwood or Red for Hardwood. I automatically assumed that this description, softwood or hardwood, referred to how you would classify the wood of that species. Like at a timber yard… Rimu = Hardwood, Pine = Soft. What it really refers to is what stage of life is that cutting in. At the start / mid growing season the tip of the plant where you taking your cutting from is a lot more pliable or softer. Likewise as the plant matures and hardens off the cutting will become much harder.
While Hardwood cuttings are easier to work with they will take considerably longer to establish roots than softwood cuttings. Softwood cuttings are a little more difficult though. You will need to keep a close eye so they don’t start to wilt and eventually rot away but if looked after correctly they should root faster.