Gardening

Ecological Auxins for Growth

When a seed germinates, crosses the layer of earth and manages, with its small sprout, to go outside, a difficult process begins for it with a single objective: to grow. For this, it needs all the nutrients that the soil can provide, but, many times, potted soils are not rich enough for them and an extra contribution is convenient. And auxins are a key element.

To stimulate growth we can contribute hormones to our little plants. The hormones that are responsible for growth in vegetables are auxins (from the Greek, to grow). These phytohormones regulate the growth of plants. We can create ecological auxins at home, preparing an irrigation water rich in auxins and for this, we only need 100 grams of lentils.

What are auxins?

Plants are beings that can be very complex, especially when it comes to their hormones, or rather, phytohormones. But they are also very useful for humanity, and if we talk about auxins, they are used by farmers and hobbyists with a clear objective: to get their plants to develop a healthy and strong root system, which in turn will translate into plants that they will reach a suitable size according to their genetics and growing conditions.

For this reason, auxins are much more than just any phytohormones: without them, plants would not be what they are. Without them, your cells would not be able to grow, and therefore they would not be able to either.

Where are they synthesized?

It is at the apex of the stems where they are synthesized, specifically in the meristematic regions that are in the area of ​​division and expansion of cells.

What are they used for?

In addition to stimulating growth, they are also very important for the flowering and subsequent ripening of the fruits, as well as to prevent them from falling prematurely.

What do you need to create organic auxins with lentils?

Image – Wikimedia/ Sakurai Midori

It is highly recommended to prepare everything that is going to be needed before getting down to work, since this way we avoid having to make possible stops, and incidentally, we also save time. So let’s go. You have to see if you have the following:

  • Mortar
  • Glass
  • A liter of water
  • 100 grams of lentils

Surely you have not been difficult to achieve this, right? And it is that to obtain ecological auxins it is not necessary to complicate much, because with the things that we have at home we will obtain them.

Step by Step

Now that everything is on the table, it is time to follow this step by step:

  1. We soak the lentils in a glass of water for 8 hours. After this time, we strain them and reserve the water, as it is already rich in auxins.
  2. We put the lentils between slightly moistened paper napkins and leave them until they develop about 3 cm of roots.
  3. We cut the roots and discard the rest.
  4. We crush the roots in a mortar and immerse them in half a liter of water for 24 hours in a dark place.
  5. We strain them and add the water to the one reserved at the beginning.

And we already have a compound rich in auxins that, in turn, we will mix with 1 l. of water. The resulting mixture will be our irrigation water that stimulates the growth of the seedlings.

How to stimulate root growth?

Lentils are the most commonly used to create auxins, but they are not the only thing that will stimulate root growth. In fact, there are a few more things that might surprise you:

  • Coffee: you have to boil a handful of coffee (it can be ground) in half a liter of water. It is then strained to discard the remains and allowed to cool before use.
  • Cinnamon: add 3 teaspoons of cinnamon to a liter of water, and let it sit overnight.
  • Wheat seeds: let them soak in water for 3 hours. After that time, keep that water in the fridge, and crush the seeds with new water. Filter them, and mix these crushed seeds with the water you have in the fridge.
    Soya beans would also work for you.
  • Willow: take some willow branches with bark, wash them and let them soak for a month. After that time, put that water in the fridge and boil the branches in new water for a few minutes. Then filter them and let them cool. When it’s cold, add the water you have in the fridge and you can use it.

When to use auxins?

Image – Wikimedia/ MartínezFlores// Populus alba cuttings

Using ecological auxins, whether they are from lentils or from other plants, can be of great help when we make cuttings for example, but also when we have planted a plant in the ground, and/ or when when removing it from the pot some of them have broken. roots.

It is also very interesting use in diseased plants and/ or weak, because the more roots have more simple -always you start using as soon as possible, as they appear the first symptoms – they will be recovered.

We hope it has been useful to you .

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