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Using Aloe Vera Gel as a Powerful Rooting Hormone - a real gardeners delight!Complete 100% Aloe Vera whole leaf gel used as an organic alternative to commercial rooting compound
Say goodbye to the chemicals and compounds in commercial rooting powder. I had no idea there was so much interest in using Aloe Vera gel for this purpose, but now that I've tried it, I'm afraid, there's no going back. The results are astounding. The photos below will give you an idea of what I mean.
Here are the results of an experiment I did with our own Aloe gel. Simply dip your cuttings in the gel, make a hole in your compost with a thin stick and insert the cutting. Use the stick to draw compost against the stalk for support and water sparingly. Some people take the cutting out of the gel and leave it to set for a few minutes before planting. Others, leave the cutting in the gel overnight or longer. The choice is yours.
The Aloe Plants Rooting Gel OfferMost rooting gel is very expensive and can cost up to £10 for 50ml. But here at Aloe Plants we like to give much better value than that. Some people like to dunk and plant, others like to allow a little soak time in the gel. Either way is fine and easily accommodates your personal gardening preference.
Our Aloe rooting gel comes in 190ml jars, enough for hundreds, even thousands of cuttings, and for £10 + P&P represents exceptional value for money. We have plenty of product and so we give you almost 4 times more for the same price as other manufacturers give you 50ml.
Please click the button below to place your order, and I will get it off to you by first class delivery. Why not have a jar for yourself and buy a jar for a friend? Two jars come within the weight limit of the post and so only incurs one set of postal charge. 3 jars come post free.
Why does this seem to be so effective?
I've tried many of the other products recommended to promote rooting, but none have been as successful as Aloe gel. My cuttings just seem to root faster. I don't know the reason for that in a scientific or laboratory sense, but I can speculate as I do have a theory.
The main requirement of a cutting to root successfully is water, root forming stimulant, a sterile location and a growing medium.
If we take these points in order and theorize why they might be relevant, perhaps we can find a logical answer.
1. To root a cutting needs water:
When you apply Aloe gel to damaged or cut skin, it dries and seals the cut. Some people, including myself, pack small chunks of Aloe gel into open wounds that eventually heal fully with no scaring. As the Aloe dries and seals it keeps the cut end and stem nodes completely free of bacteria and viruses. Yet the gel has a high water content (95%) in its make up. Water from the compost reactivates these qualities by absorbtion and thus the stem is watered, sterilized and nourished in a healthy environment.
2. Root cuttings need active ingredients to stimulate root growth:
The fact that all plants grow roots in abundance suggests they contain the substances they need to expand their root formation as they grow. A cutting also has these substances (in smaller amounts) and is the reason they normally take so readily. But when they don't, it suggests there is too little of these rooting stimulants in the cutting and so when we add a rooting hormone we give the cutting a boost and a chance at survival.
I would theorize that of the 75 or so active ingredients in the Aloe plant, at least one of them, probably many of them, supply the cutting with nutrients and stimulants to help them root effectively, a bit like adding fertilizer to an established plant; the difference is remarkable.
3. So what things?
The 75 are made up of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, lignin, saponins, salacylic acid and amino acids.
All of these have the collective effect of providing the reserves a small cutting needs to root and flourish. Vitamins supply antioxidants, enzymes control cell division and growth, minerals provide essential and proper enzyme function, sugars provide energy, anthraquinones are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, fatty acids are plant steroids that activate growth and are antiseptic. Hormones help stimulate plant growth. Various acids and phenols inhibit fungi, bacteria and viruses.
What else could a vulnerable, stressed little cutting possibly need? All of the aloe constituents just specified should act like a kick start to life don't you think? A reservoir of life giving soup, perhaps.
4. Lastly they need a sterile location to grow:
Which it is virtually impossible to provide outside of the lab. Soil and compost has bugs and bacteria in it. Some good and some bad. The good help feed the plant and assimilate all the goodness that is available in the Aloe gel. The bad try to eat it, or destroy it, or ruin the cuttings chances of survival by polluting the environment around it.
However, when you coat or soak your cutting in Aloe gel, you're effectively putting a protective coating around it that keeps out the rot and gives the inside a boost that promotes re-growth and stimulates root production.
Does that sound logical to you?
The two most important aspects to consider for successful cuttings are sufficient rooting hormone and keeping the cutting free of fungal attack long enough for the roots to form. I think we can safely say that Aloe Vera gel can provide all of those criteria in abundance and success can be assured for almost all types of soft to semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings.
Why do you use glass jars to send out your product? Easy answer, recycling!
I'm so glad you asked this question. I've already answered it, but we thought long and hard about how to supply this product. The alternative to glass is obviously plastic. A big no-no in this day and age.
When you have used up your gel, you can reuse the jar for anything you like. It is recyclable of course. But even better than that, the jar can be used for jam or chutney, or any other food that needs a jar. My wife Jill and I use them in the garden extensively for next years seed, like peas, broad beans or runner beans. Dried fish food, cat biscuits or treats, nails, screws, garden liquids. The list of secondary uses is endless, which is the best way to honour the recycling code in my opinion.