Now I’ve to wait some time to see the results, but after 48h the sage has already a small root (4-5mm); I think that without this solution it could have had the same. I think I’ll start some investigation on the topic with the local University, as it can be interesting to understand how homemade solutions can be helpful to several situations, apart from rooting stimulants.
At the moment I’ve found some classical articles, and several useful websites, that mostly are confirmation of the results published in 1983 by Leclerc and Chong.
One quite book that seems promising, and I’m going to read better in the next days is “Nursery Manual for Native Plants” – A guide for Tribal Nurseries – Volume One: Nursery Management (available in PDF), where it describes several traditional and simple suggestions for cuttings propagation. Anyway I hope to find deeper explanations in some permaculture based texts, that usually give a more holistic viewpoint… maybe I’ll find one.
- Leclerc C.R. and Chong C. 1983. “Influence of willow and poplar extracts on rooting cuttings“. Combined Proc. Inter. Plant Propag. Soc. 33: 528–536.
- Dumroese, R. Kasten; Luna, Tara; Landis, Thomas D. 2009. “Nursery Manual for Native Plants” – A guide for Tribal Nurseries – Volume One: Nursery Management.
- http://en.wikipedia.org (Plant hormone)
- http://wildeherb.com (Rooting hormones from willows and poplar trees)
- http://livingthefrugallife.blogspot.com (Natural and homemade rooting hormone)