A Cheapskate plant rooting tip from an Old Rose Rustler

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Kevins tomato plant rooting post set off a thought bomb in my mind.

Antique roses are enjoying a comeback these days. In the west we have people who go around to the old homesteads and take slips from old roses for rooting.

The secret ingredient for a successful Rose Rustler is willow water. Those of you who have let pussy willows stand too long in a vase know how quickly wilows can take root. To make willow water: chop willow pieces into bits and let stand in a bucket of water overnight or so. Thats too much work for me, I just put a sprig or two of willow in the water with whatever I want to root. Works like a charm!

Studies have shown that willows have a hormone that fosters easy rooting, sorry - I dont remember its name off the top of my head.

-- flora (***@__._), August 12, 1999


Thanks for the info Flora. This is news to me......

-- kevin (innxxs@yahoo.com), August 13, 1999.

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