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Striking cuttings with honey

Zone Tolga, Australia | richard.hole added on June 29, 2015 | Answered

I read the article at https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/cuttings/honey-root-hormone.htm and I am wondering why the honey needs to be mixed with boiling water for striking the cuttings? Some people say it is best to use the straight honey and that if it is added to boiling water it could destroy the beneficial properties of the honey, such as its ability to kill fungi and bacteria. Could this be a problem? Could you please share this with the author of the article or give me their contact details? I plan to use it for Nepenthes pitcher plant cuttings. Do you know anyone that has used it for them and, if so, have they found it worked well? You can see more about these carnivorous plants and others that I have which contain as self-watering wick system at http://www.advantagein.com/cp/. I am also seeking people to resell my plants. Regards Richard.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 29, 2015

The great thing about gardeners is the sharing of information and trying different options.

The ratio of honey to water for rooting is a tried method.

I'm sure many a gardener, past, present and future will make adjustments to this formula!

Have you tried Cinnamon as a rooting hormone? I have had great luck using it for propagation when I've run out of Rooting Hormone.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-cinnamon-on-plants.htm

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