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Using Raw Apple Cider Vinegar as an organic rooting solution

Plant hormone levels are high in the autumn months, so semi-ripe cuttings should root and grow well

The Wrigglers #cartoon for using Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as an alternative #rooting solution for your cuttings. You need to dilute it or it will kill plants – kinda not what you’re trying to do!

Whether using this approach or using rooting powder or gel, plant hormone levels are high in the autumn months, so should root and grow well!

Why would you take cuttings? You can propagate and grow more plants, for free!

There are some links below that show you exactly what to do to use Organic Cider Vinegar and other approaches.

Semi-ripe cuttings are made using this year’s stems, when they are woody at the base and soft at the tip. It’s the hard base that makes the cuttings less likely to rot while the roots are taking.

The worms are sampling the cider in this cartoon. I wouldn’t! Top plants to propagate from cuttings in autumn include: Salvias, Culinary Sage, Box, Rosemary, Penstemons, Lavender.

Make Natural Rooting Hormone

On this site #2 is: Use Apple Cider Vinegar – They say, “ACV has over 30 trace elements that are beneficial to plant growth. Go lightly though because vinegar is also a good weed killer. All you need to do is mix 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into 1 gallon of water and dip your cuttings in it then transfer them to the rooting medium.” says:

A small amount of apple cider vinegar is all you need to create this organic rooting hormone, and too much may prevent rooting. (Vinegar for garden use actually includes using apple cider vinegar to kill weeds.) A teaspoon of vinegar in 5 to 6 cups (1.2-1.4 L.) of water is enough. Any type of apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket is fine. To use your homemade rooting hormone, dip the bottom of the cutting in the solution before “sticking” the cutting in rooting medium.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Vinegar For Garden Use: Making Homemade Vinegar Rooting Hormone

Gardener’s World advice on How to use Rooting Hormones

In this link Garden fundamentals offer some insight – Semi-ripe cuttings – What Are They?

Semi-ripe cuttings – from Sue Jeffries, a trained horticulturalist and teacher based in Lancashire

Gardening know how, Using Honey as an alternative to Rooting Hormone powder

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