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growth enhancer for new cuttings : opinion

What do you think about our product :

These below are rice plantlings, several days old. The taller ones (left side) are dipped for several hours in a concentrated growth promotor. The shorter ones (right side) are dipped in a dilute solution for the same period of time. Then both seedlings are moved to a damp cotton media for testing. The one without treatment is not shown here, but less tall than the one in the right side glass.



I have not tested it to aquatic plants yet, but I dare not dump the whole thing into my precious newly set tanks (that would be crazy ). But I'm willing to try it out to cuttings I will be having from the growing plants in a week.

No commercial intention as I'm not going to sell it out yet. Just asking for opinions... BTW, any similar products out there?


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Looks pretty interesting to me. The only product I am aware of that has some plant hormones added is ADA GREEN GAIN. I use it regularly and it consistently helps stemmed plants recover faster after a major trimming.
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Having used hormones for several years back 5-6 years ago, they don't do anything for submersed plants.

There's some evidence they do help some Crypts flower in emergent culture but it's a one time affect.

Mike Kane at UF is one of the leading Tissue culture researchers for aquatic plants. He'll tell you the same thing. We will be stopping by the lab there in UF this June on the plant fest. You can ask him yourself.

FYI, Super thrive is about 1.89$ for a bottle at most any garden center. You can try it till you are blue in the face. But you'll not see the difference, terrestrials are somewhat different.

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Having used hormones for several years back 5-6 years ago, they don't do anything for submersed plants.

There's some evidence they do help some Crypts flower in emergent culture but it's a one time affect.

Mike Kane at UF is one of the leading Tissue culture researchers for aquatic plants. He'll tell you the same thing. We will be stopping by the lab there in UF this June on the plant fest. You can ask him yourself.

FYI, Super thrive is about 1.89$ for a bottle at most any garden center. You can try it till you are blue in the face. But you'll not see the difference, terrestrials are somewhat different.

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Thanks Tom.

Figured it that the aquatic are quite of a different breed from the terrestrials all right. I mean they live within a nutrient soup....

Perhaps it is usable for growing some aquatics as 1/2 emersed plantlings/cuttings... but then eventually they will need to be adapted to aquatic form again.


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I would still strongly encourage you to do your own testing. Don't abandon the project!
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Knock yourself out

Super thrive and root hormone is cheap at most any nursery.
Doesn't hurt. But if you think it helps, you will want to try it many times before suggesting it does.

I've been trying for a few years

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