I received 3 "Sunset Brugmansias" not to long ago, put them in a jar of water and WOW did they root fast! I've been procrastinating getting them potted up but finally did today. I also potted a rose cutting that I took and got to root. Glad that is out of the way so I can watch a basketball game (Gonzaga). I will post pics later! Time for a peppermint shnapps & hot chocolate and a break.
They look so good. What kind of water are you using to root them?
I don't need to do that here, but in some places you do. Not enough nutrients.
I've been using it for years, and can't remember - but I think it is high in iron and some other nutrients. I've been spritzing this one Martha Washington Geranium that I over wintered from last year and it's going crazy.
So you are using it as a foliage spray. I found some kelp powder and added a small amount to that water. We will see what happens.
Avenger Liquid Kelp
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Kelp is well known for its beneficial effects on germination and a naturally high content of plant hormones that boost growth.
Unlike chemical fertilizers, there is no danger of over-fertilizing or burning your plants. Solubility and release rates are much lower than chemical fertilizers.
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This method is more effective than soil drenching since the nutrients are directly absorbed by the plants.
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Alginates, the starch content in liquid kelp acts like a sponge to ensure an even and healthy supply of moisture. It also contains over 70 minerals and is an excellent source two plant growth hormones, cytokinins and auxins, in addition to natural chelating agents.
Cytokinins improve soil tilth, increases the production of chlorophyll and enhances the process of photosynthesis. It is also responsible for delaying the aging process in fall, as the plants prepare for winter by exfoliation.
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Carbohydrates feed the useful micro-organisms in the soil which leads to the development of healthy soil from which the nutrients can be easily absorbed by the plants.
Liquid kelp contains an excellent balance of plant hormones that help regulate germination and boost the healthy development of a plant from its stem formation right until flowering and the ripening of fruit.
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You don’t have to worry about storing liquid kelp since it cannot cause any harm to children, animals, and other useful insects.
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Mine is powder, and you don't use very much of it - like 1/4 tsp for a regular size spray bottle.
Mine is powder too. Do you steep it or just drop it in ans go? I have a herbal store so it is on the shelf.
I just mix it in a a little warm water and shake it real well, and then fill it up with more water, shake and go.
well - definitely looking forward to getting them outdoors in a couple of weeks!