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The longer it takes for roots to sprout, the longer becomes a grower’s time to harvest. This is a frustrating experience for most growers, and they want to avoid it at all costs. Luckily, there are a number of solutions growers can use to promote root growth. This includes the use of rooting hormones, which can reduce the sprouting time to a week or sometimes even less than that.

What are rooting gels?

Rooting or cloning gels are hormonal products that introduce efficiencies in the cloning process, increasing the success rate. Growers apply rooting gel at the end of the stalk before they place the clones in a cloning machine. Some growers boost growth even more by supplementing the plant with mycorrhizae.

How to use cloning gels?

Rooting gel is to be used before you start cutting the clones. Here is how to use it step-by-step:

  1. Keep the rooting gel in a separate container so that the stalks are not dipped directly into the gel’s bottle. This reduces the risk of contamination that comes with dipping different types of plants in the same solution.
  2. To seal off the cut area, simply dip the cutting in the rooting gel container.
  3. Place the dipped clone into a rooting plug.
  4. Place the plug in the cloning machine or propagation tray.

You can learn the process in more detail by reading our blog on complete guide to using rooting hormones.

What is a rooting solution?

Rooting solutions should be used if you are using a cloning machine. These products complement rooting gels and enhance a cutting’s growth even more.

What is rooting powder? How does it work?

While rooting powder contains the same hormones as a rooting gel and is more versatile, it is not as effective. Ensuring that you do not lose any powder when placing the clone in a plug is very important.

Rooting powder is used in almost the same way as a rooting gel. You take the powder in a separate container, swirl the cutting into the powder and finally place it in the plant cloning kit.

You can speak to our experts by calling us at 866-GRO-INDR and learn more about rooting hormones. In the meanwhile, give our guide to cloning a plant a read to enhance your understanding of the process.

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