Plant rooting hormone made simply from aloe vera
Have you ever accidentally broken a plant's limb, or stem and not know what to do? Or maybe you'd like to propagate your plant clippings, but you're not certain how to. Aloe vera isn't just a medicinal plant for humans, it also heals plants too. In fact, it happens to be a great helping hand for plant root growth. Today I will be sharing how I propagate some of my plants by using the gel from aloe vera.
I try to keep myself free from chemicals, because I am an organic gardener. While aloe vera gel isn't the only natural product that you can use to start new root growth, it is a very good one.
The rooting hormone (rooting powder) that you see in garden centers is a chemical that you apply to the end of plant cuttings. Rooting hormone is commonly used to encourage new root growth. However, the gel in aloe vera plants also does this naturally, as well as effectively.
Instructions on using aloe vera gel as a rooting hormone
I know everyone has their own preferred way of doing things, and this is mine: snip off one aloe vera leaf, slice it open, then rub the aloe vera gel directly (from the aloe plant), onto the plant's stem about three to four inches above the cut end, then do the same on the bottom cut of the stem.
Now, place the cutting of the plant stem in a container of soil and water. Keep the cutting moist. Normally, new roots will start growing within seven to fourteen days.
To help your plant get out of its shocked phase, add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to two quarts of water. Mix well. Then water the plant's soil to encourage new root growth. You can also add this concoction to a spray bottle to spray the plant's foliage.
For water propagating plants with aloe vera gel:
Apply the aloe vera gel on the plant's stem, about three to four inches above the cut end of the stem. Then apply the aloe vera gel on the bottom of the cut end of the stem.
In a bucket, jar, or an empty two liter soda bottle, add about one teaspoon of the aloe vera gel to the water. Next, add one to two handfuls of dirt to the container of liquid. Place the plant's stems into the liquid mix. Wait for the stems to take root. Then transplant the new plants into soil.
Adding a small amount of soil into the container will help the newly rooted plants transition easier once they're taken out of the aloe-water solution and placed into the soil.