Question: natural cutting
hi I wanted to ask if it is possible to obtain a rooting hormone and a completely natural fungicide ... let me explain better: done with substances collected in nature and made at home in what way? thanks
Answer: natural cutting
the products called "rooting hormone" are products based on auxins, or plant hormones; generally these hormones are synthetic products, chemically produced in the laboratory; all plants naturally produce auxins, since all living things produce hormones to make the cells communicate with each other (to explain the question quickly, but not scientifically). Only that plants usually produce rooting hormones that are conveyed towards the roots, so that new ones are produced; small amounts of rooting hormone are also produced from the cuttings we usually produce, in particular plants that root very easily are generally richer than auxin than those that hardly root.
Therefore rooting hormone is a natural product, that is commonly produced by plants; on the cuttings generally large doses of hormone are added (obtained by synthesis), so that the rooting takes place more quickly.
The auxins can also be obtained by macerating the woody tissues of plants that root easily, in general the plant that is used for this purpose is willow, in any of its species; a willow wood macerated is prepared, placing this coarsely chopped wood in water, for about 12-14 hours; in this way a broth is obtained which contains auxins, and also salicylic acid, which prevents the rotting of the cuttings tissues. This product is used pure, immersing the cuttings in it, or mixing a few tablespoons of it with the water of the cuttings bed.
However it is ultimately always auxins, that is, the chemical contained in the water is always the same, with the same properties; indeed, it seems that the rooting hormone produced by synthesis deteriorates less easily than that produced naturally by plants, and is therefore more effective; it is not a harmful or toxic or polluting product, if used in the ways suggested on the jar.
As a fungicide in agriculture, even in organic farming, sulfur is used, sometimes mixed with copper salts; sulfur and copper are two natural substances, it is not possible to prepare sulfur or copper powders at home using what we find in the cupboard. In effect, however, there are those who put a coin on the bottom of the pots, a penny from a cent, which releases a little copper, I don't know if the fungicidal action works.