So it doesn't look like those gardening plans will happen before the end of the week, but! Yesterday I was tasked with an important bonus action for #SolarpunkActionWeek
I got into gardening talk with a customer at work, and when I mentioned my lime tree she said she'd always wanted one. So I offered to make her a clone of mine! Now I can share the abundance of my garden with someone else
I'm doing 2 because there's never a 100% success rate on these, and it's my first time. Instructions (with pictures) in the thread below, including how to make homemade rooting hormone!
Part 1/3: rooting hormone
Many plants don't need (but still benefit from) rooting hormone to grow from a cutting, but trees do. To make the one I used, first bring 1 cup of water to a boil, then add 1/2 tablespoon of local honey
It does have to be local, and not just because fuck capitalism. 3/4 of all "honey" in grocery stores contains no pollen at all after all the filtering, processing, and fillers. I don't know whether those fillers have the same effect on cuttings as honey, but I'm not risking it (plus I buy all honey local anyway, as should you)
Obviously, allow the honey tea to cool before putting your cuttings in it. Soak your cuttings in it for ~3 hours before planting in soil. Store it in an airtight container away from sunlight - it's good for about 3 weeks
Other homemade rooting hormone recipes I've seen include willow tea, cinnamon, and human saliva (no joke)
Part 2/3: taking and preparing the cuttings
Look for a branch of new growth - not so new that it's still soft, but not hard and barky. You're looking for a dark green. Cut it directly above a leaf node at a 45 degree angle (to maximize surface area)
Remove all of the leaves except for a couple on the top, then cut the top leaves (if too large) to a 90 degree point, leaving about an inch of leaf. Scrape off a bit of the skin at the bottom of the cutting to give it more area to grow roots from
If using honey tea rooting hormone (previous reply), again, you should soak the ends for about 3 hours
Lesson learned. The cutting I took with brand new, soft growth at the tip dried out more quickly, and its leaves have fallen off one by one
That's why you take multiple cuttings!
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