Using Honey As Rooting Hormone Works! Proven in Studies

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Growing Plants from Cuttings? Using Honey as Rooting Hormone can be helpful in a lot of ways! What’s more? It is proven in a study too!

Using Honey as Rooting Hormone

Using Honey as Rooting Hormone is a great way to help cuttings propagate properly. As it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties that will save the plant from rot and infection. Let’s have a look at in it detail!

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Using Honey as Rooting Hormone

According to a study published in the University of Hawaii Extension, a series of experiments were conducted to find out the efficacy of honey as a rooting hormone as compared to commercial rooting hormones available in the market.

It concluded, “Honey did demonstrate an ability to root plant species, but it is not as successful as synthetic rooting hormones.” It means you can use honey as an alternative to market products.

Honey is also cost-effective, easily available, and safer for public use.

3 Ways to Use Honey as Rooting Hormone

  1. Dip the end of the cutting in undiluted honey and rotate it to create a thin layer around it. After dipping, plant it in the growing medium.
  2. Add two tablespoons of honey to one or two cups of boiled water and let this solution cool. Dip the cutting in it and plant it in the growing medium.
  3. Wet cuttings in the water and roll them in cinnamon powder. Afterward, turn the cuttings in honey before planting. The addition of cinnamon will increase the potency of this DIY rooting hormone.

Plant Cuttings that Benefit from Honey

If you are growing common houseplants, succulents, and common outdoor plants like Chrysanthemum, Herbs, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Leadworts, Firethorns, and Roses, from cuttings, then the honey will work wonders as a rooting hormone.

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  1. The research article you mention actually shows honey was more effective in some cases than synthetic. Your article states otherwise, which is misleading and not factual.

  2. You misquote the research article. Nowhere in the article does it say that synthetic hormones are more successful than honey.

  3. Thanks so much for this advice👌.

    I was raised on a farm but never heard of using either honey or cinnamon to help propagation 🤷🏻‍♂️

    I’ll take your word, folks, and won’t bother with reports and research 😒.

    I think I’ll just dip them in honey and the shake a little cinnamon on, and see how it goes 🌿.

    Keep up the good work – it’s appreciated. 😀
    Many thanks


  4. Honey and cinnamon works I’ve propagated Malabar spinach stems using the same technique it’s been 2 weeks now the plant started growing already by the end of 1st week. I just mixed pinch of cinnamon powder in 2tbsp dabur honey and dipped 45 degree cut stems with just 2 top leaves in the DIY hormone and planted 2 inch deep in potting soil.

  5. This works!
    I had permanent Kale cuttings which are notoriously hard to propagate.
    I have tried many different methods.
    Rooting in water, 30% success rate
    Rooting direct in soil 50% success rate
    Rooting with “chemical” rooting compound 50% success rate
    Rooting with honey = cinnamon 72% success rate

    The best part is I already have organic honey & cinnamon at home.

    Thank you!!!!!

  6. Honey does not contain rooting hormones. Please do not use misleading terms. It may assist in rooting in other ways than direct stimulation of tissues, but this is not through the rooting hormone auxin.


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