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Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 19:07:53 -0700
From: Bracey Tiede
To: leeannray
Cc: master-gardeners
Subject: RE: [master-gardeners] Propagating cuttings

Hi Lee Ann,

I've not used hormones for rooting but instead paid close attention to the
proper timing on when to take the cuttings.

Books can give you that info and websites too.

There is a UC database of when to take cuttings of specific plants to be
successful and how to treat them.

There is also one for propagating native plants at

Click on Search Protocols, continential US and then start your search. It's
both seed and cutting info.



From: master-gardeners
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 6:58 PM
To: master-gardeners
Subject: [master-gardeners] Propagating cuttings

Greetings all,

I am looking to do some propagating from softwood and semi-hardwood stem
cuttings this summer and am wondering if anyone has any favorite rooting
hormone they have had good results with.

The MG handbook has a section on pg 100 - 104, but no recommendation of
brand. I know much depends on the type of cutting as well as seasonal
timing, maybe even the phase of the moon.

I have tried Rootone, both liquid and powder, and was really disappointed
with the success rate...and the disposal of the used liquid is an issue. My
mentor, Louis Saso, swore by Hormex Powder #1 but the man had a green thumb
like nobody's business and could coax a rose to grow from a brick.

Anybody tried old-school soaking their cuttings in willow bark water?

Enquiring minds would like to know,

Lee Ann Ray