Experimenting with Cuttings

Now, really, I have no idea what I’m doing when I’m fiddling around with my plants, but isn’t that most of the fun? Although I haven’t exactly branched out and tried to do anything thats never been done before or grow a new breed of courgette just yet, I did my first mini experiment the other day when I took some cuttings from Matthews mint and coriander plants to repot. I know rooting hormone powder is a great way of making your cuttings root and start growing faster, but I’m just not 100% comfortable using hormonal chemicals on my plants. So I did a bit of research into more natural things I could use that I could find around the house and here is what I found:

  • Spit
    Apparently using your own spit is a good way of naturally enhancing your roots. I’m not sure how, why or if it works but I now have 3 mint plants which have all had their stems dipped in my spit before being put into some cutting soil.
  • Cinnamon
    After I spat on my mint stems and before I put them into their pots I also rubbed them around in a bit of cinnamon, as this is supposed to clear away bacteria.
  • Honey
    These days honey is good for everything, from clearing a sore throat to clearing away dead skin cells whilst moisturising your face. so I wasn’t at all surprised to see it on a list of things that help keep bacteria away from the roots of your plants and helping to enhance root growth. Mixing 1/2tsp honey to 1 full cup of boiling water I dipped in the ends of 3 coriander plants before popping them into their soil and giving them a watering.

There were 4 or 5 other remedies on the list I found, but these are the 3 I decided to start off with. So far the coriander doesn’t seem to be doing well at all, ones still standing, ones flopping over and the other has completely disappeared.
2 of the mint plants seem to be sturdy and doing well, whereas one as flopped over and not having any of it. This may be due to the fact that I shaved off a small part of the end of one stem before dousing it in spit and cinnamon (like I said I’m still learning) but for all I know its not even the plant I did that to. Again the coriander may have been cut in the wrong place which is why only one is surviving, but who knows. It’s all in the name of experimentation and I’m having fun all the same. Just the fact that I have plants to experiment with is enough for me. A couple of years ago almost everything I touched died, I could barely keep a cactus alive and had no real passion for out door plants at all. Yet here I am today doing experiments with cuttings and having almost 20 extra plants that I’m looking to sell in the next few weeks!


Speak soon
CM x


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