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Beginner Gardening: Rooting Hormone "ruined"

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Baton Rouge, LA

March 9, 2013
8:58 PM

Post #9444406

Hello All;

I accidentally left our small bottle of rooting hormone outside and it rained. This happened about a year ago. My husband (the original gardener) says to throw it away.

I am too frugal for that. I think I should probably let it soak with some water and use it to add to my little seedlings to help improve their roots...

The small bottle of rooting hormone is a small cement like solid now... it's about 1/2 inch thick...

What do you think I should do ?



Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2013
8:01 AM

Post #9444647

Mary, most of the rooting hormone products use talc as an inert base. The label on many of them state that the product is Not water soluble, so adding water would not help.

I see two options. Wearing gloves and face mask (to prevent inhaling dust) you could place the block in a plastic bag and crush it (tapping with a hammer) and return the powder to the container, or

When BR has the next hazardous chemicals (paint, fungicide, pesticide, etc) disposal collection, take the bottle to them for safe disposal. DO not place in your trash can or try to flush it down any drain.

Go to google and enter the name of your product (Greenlight, Miraclegrow, rootone, etc) and add the letters MSDS behind the name. That will give you the Material Data Safety Sheet that covers all risk/hazard info and use/disposal info.

Baton Rouge, LA

March 10, 2013
8:40 PM

Post #9445336

Thank you Jean ! Will definitely try the first option first... I just hate throwing anything away!


Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2013
5:07 AM

Post #9445484

Good luck and be careful.

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