How does cinnamon work as a rooting hormone for propagating roses

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How does cinnamon work as a rooting hormone for propagating roses?

I was just looking into classroom activities to do with my students. I love the idea of using an organic rooting hormone and roses. How does this work?

The cinnamon doesn't actually act as the plants auxin hormone (rooting hormone), rather, it's a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial agent, that works as a fungicide. This allows the natural rooting auxins that are found in the green growth of your cuttings to thrive without competition. The potato provides nutrients and moisture early on, and then later as it decays, works as a fertilizer. These two combine to function as a natural root hormone (increasing the root growth over a case where these ingredients were not used).

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We left out much of the scientific terms in our article, as it's geared towards helping new people get started without being intimidated by the more complex terms used by professional gardeners. We also wanted to foster as much of that 'spark' for new people trying this out for the first time, letting them grow and experience it for themselves.

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For your purposes, keep in mind that our article is specific to roses. There are times where you will want to add a rooting hormone for other types of plants, but in the case of these roses, you shouldn't need to. Also, most old world roses thrive on their own roots. It's only the newer roses that are less hardy, but you can follow the steps in our article with store bought roses or old world roses, as the cinnamon and potato protect and nurture the rose as it develops new roots.

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You can also use willow as a natural rooting hormone. Just strip off any leaves from new willow shoots, and cut them into little one inch or so sized pieces. Cover them in a bowl of fresh water for 24 hours or more (one to two nights, depending on when you start). Then you'll have a natural rooting hormone. It's not as strong as commercial hormones, but it does work well. You'll just want to soak the stem of whatever you're planning to root in the mixture for an day or so, rather than just dipping it, as you would with a commercial hormone.

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Again, great as natural rooting hormones are, there is a reason certain plants thrive more on commercial hormones. However, the roses described in our article will be a great start for the kids, and don't require any other ingredients. Now is a great time of year too, as they'll make great Valentine's day gifts for mom.

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