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Old 05-05-2019, 11:47 AM
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Default Anyone tried boiling willow tree branches for root booster?

I boiled some fresh cut willow tree bark but it molded on surface before I could use it.
Root boosters,enzymes are extremely expensive and I have found a good substitute for enzymes but root booster like rapid start.
Thereís a few videos on youtube that show cutting up green willow tree branches in early spring then boiling or let sit in sunlight like sun tea makes a good rooting hormone.
Iím going to make some more and refrigerate it or maybe thereís a perservitive I can add so it doesnít mold or rot.
Before I make up a bunch I thought Iíd ask if anyone has tried willow tree tea ?
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Old 05-05-2019, 02:48 PM
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Not boiling but soaking overnight. Anywhere there is new growth has the good stuff IIRC.

Works great! Though I have forgotten to do it for a couple of years.
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Old 05-05-2019, 02:49 PM
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Boiling seems likely to denature the enzymes.
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:46 PM
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Dip N Grow is inexpensive and produces amazing roots.

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Old 05-07-2019, 03:14 AM
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I use Dip n Grow for rooting clones and it works great.
I was referring to using extract from willow tree to get a better root system as plants grow.
I have wondered why not add rooting compounds used on clones in nutrients to get bigger roots?
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:09 AM
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Willow, cottonwood and poplars all have high levels of rooting hormone in their green wood, which is why they root whenever they fall over, or you cut branches and stick them into the ground. No need to boil the water. Just let fresh cut sections of green stem year old cuttings soak in water for a day or so, and use the water.

Rootone rooting hormone will also work. I use that for making clones, and I get roots in less than a week on mj cuttings that way in a bubble cloner. More roots in a mature plant does not always mean better or bigger plants or better bud though. More root growth will take up more energy. If you are harvesting roots, that may be a good thing. I was reading that Cannabis roots have other types of cannabinoids and terpenoids in them. But I do not know anyone that harvests Cannabis roots. Also if you have a plant with weak roots, willow water be a good way to boost them.

However, using willow water on otherwise healthy plants is similar with my argument against adding fungal spores and feeding the fungus sugars. Are you growing Cannabis colas, or mushrooms? Too much of a fungal mass is not always a good thing, and many fungi are more detrimental than good for many types of plants. Some fungi here in Oregon will actually kill plants. A small amount of fungi is all that you really need, and Cannabis will excrete sugars from the root hairs all on its own to colonize localized root fungi. Similarly if your Cannabis has good roots, they should not need any hormones to boost more root growth. In my case I usually want to reduce vigor in Cannabis plants to keep them a more manageable in size.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:16 AM
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I use dip n grow and am very happy with it.

I should have asked what can I use to get good healthy roots.

I had to shut things down for a while and I have been over watering.

I need to work on wet and dry cycles.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:43 AM
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Don't know why it works, but I use fresh Aloe vera gel in place of rooting hormone and get close to 100% success.
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Old 09-04-2019, 08:00 AM
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Not boiling but Iím guessing that if you crushed the willow branches you should get the plant hormone out a bit quicker! To be honest, Iíve never tried crushing the branches first.
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