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To make KIBA Rooting Solutions and IBA Rooting Solutions (alcohol free) use Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts
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Animation: Propagation Using the Spray Drip Down® Method

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See also Plant Propagation using the Spray Drip Down Method at Decker Nursery (video)

The Spray Drip Down® Method is used to propagate plants from cuttings.

Take plant cuttings. Stick the cutting in media. Spray the leaves until the Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting solution drips down. The method has many advantages. For large or small production lots, the cuttings are rapidly and uniformly treated with the Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting solution. With minimum labor, there is no pre-treatment when sticking. Treatment is performed by a trained applicator. The solution is used one time. There is never cross contamination between production lots.

The Method is easy to use
Stick the cuttings in media in trays, pots, or in beds. Make up a Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting hormone solution. The solution contains rooting hormones that promote root formation. A fine mist sprayer is used, such as a hand, backpack or hydraulic sprayer. Boom sprayers are not used since they have limited control of the spray. Spray the Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting solution onto the leaves of the cuttings until the liquid drips off the leaves. If the leaves were wet from misting before treatment then use an excess of spray to overcome dilution. An excess of spray is preferred. After treatment turn on misters after the solution dries on the leaves, or about forty five minutes. Then continue your normal operations.

Let us look inside the plant leaves and see how hormones move in the plant.
This cross-section shows how the hormones in the Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting solution enter the plant's vascular system through the open stomata in the leaves. The plant also produces natural rooting hormones in the leaves. By polar mass flow, the Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) and natural hormones move from the leaves to the basal end of the cuttings. Depending upon the cutting condition, environment, and distance, transport may take six hours. The rate of travel is not critical. Once the hormones are in the vascular system they travel to the basal end where they are stored. The plant self regulates hormone use to induce root formation. When the threshold hormones are reached at the basal end, the potential root cells are programmed to become new root cells. The Spray Drip Down® Method treats the cuttings uniformly. The threshold level is achieved.Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts) rooting solution treated cuttings form uniform roots around the base  

At our web site rhizopon.com you can download the Rhizopon Rooting Guide. The guide lists plant varieties, the solution methods and the suggested number of tablets per liter of water. And, download the book Hortus Plant Propagation from Cuttings.

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Hortus Plant Propagation from Cuttings

Since cutting quality and growing conditions always differ, you should always do trials for each plant variety in your facility.

ABOUT THE VIDEO

Spray Drip Down® is specifically intended to be used by the products Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts and Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets

This animation video was produced by Rhizopon bv in Holland. The product used to make rooting solutions is Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets: available through US distributors and world wide though Rhizopon distributors.

In the US, Hortus USA sells the Tablets through istributors as listed on this website.
For those who do made large volumes of solutions, Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts are a direct substitute for the tablets.

Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts are a direct substitute for Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets
1 tablet = 1/4 gram (250mg) of Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts
100 tablets = 25 grams of Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts

Learn how to use these methods: rootinghormones.com