Rooting hormone is a chemical is used to stimulate a stem cutting to grow roots. Although it is possible to grow a plant successfully without using rooting hormones, but using it increases the odds of growing a healthy plant.
How to Make Your Own Rooting Hormone
Commercial rooting hormone as well as organic homemade versions can be used.
1. To make rooting hormone soak the yellow-tipped shoots of a weeping willow tree in water.
2. A tea made from the bark of a willow tree is also effective. When using the shoots or bark soak them for 24 hours prior to using.
3. Honey also makes an effective rooting hormone. Pure honey should be used. Honey available over counter are not as effective.