“No wonder the shrubs bloom so beautifully, after all the trees also have a strong trunk,” some inexperienced gardeners think. The secret of good plant growth lies in its roots. Adequate nutrient supply can only be guaranteed if the relationship between the plants above and below ground is correct. For this reason, it is worth promoting root growth with the following home remedies and care tips.

Promote root growth

Numerous aspects of cultivation are relevant for healthy root growth of trees. The gardener can take effective measures in the following areas in particular:

  • Use of home remedies
  • maintenance

Promotional measures in planting

  • Substrate
  • bucket

home remedies

Fortunately, the gardener does not have to spend money on high-quality fertilizer, but already has home remedies that promote root growth in the kitchen cupboard without knowing it. Hardly any effort is required for production. The home remedies are ideal for stimulating root formation in cuttings.

Willow water

The indole-3-butyric acid it contains stimulates root formation.

  • cut small, thin willow branches (about two cups)
  • alternatively: branches or bark (then about three cups)
  • only use fresh branches
  • Shorten branches to a length of 7-10 cm
  • boil water
  • Pour it over willow branches
  • let steep for 24 hours
  • Put the broth through a sieve
  • decant into bottle
  • Can be kept in the fridge for up to two months


Cinnamon indirectly promotes root growth as the spice kills fungi.

  • incorporate into the earth
Note: Did you know that not all fungi are harmful to root growth? Trees and shrubs often enter into a symbiosis with the organisms, from which both living beings benefit. Fortunately, these fungi are naturally occurring and are usually found in the substrate of potted plants.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Also kills fungi.

  • Mix apple cider vinegar with six cups of water
  • give to the roots


  • either give directly to an interface of the root
  • or Dissolve 1 teaspoon of honey in 1.5 liters of water


  • use uncoated aspirin tablet
  • dissolve in water


  • Dissolve 100g of dry yeast in 1 liter of lukewarm water
  • Put cuttings in
  • leave for a day
  • then rinse thoroughly

Aloe Vera Juice

  • Put 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel in a glass of water
  • Root shoots appear after a week

Promotional measures in care

  • repot
  • pour
  • floor care

Regular repotting

If the roots encounter obstacles in the process of spreading, they grow in a circle. This danger exists in particular with potted plants. It is therefore important to choose a sufficiently large pot and to change it after a while. When the roots are already emerging, it’s high time.

Proper watering behavior

Waterlogging leads to root rot. It is best for the gardener to only water his plants when the top layer of substrate has dried.

floor care

Weeds on the tree grate compete with young plants in particular. The gardener should remove it regularly. The underplanting should also be chosen with care. At certain intervals it is advisable to loosen the soil with a hoe to promote root growth.

Tip: You can get moisture meters in stores that make it easy to control the amount of water poured.

When choosing the size of the pot, calculate the volume that the irrigation water displaces. The top layer of the root ball must not end with the edge of the bucket, but should be a few centimeters below.

Promotional measures in planting

The right substrate

Almost all trees and shrubs need a very nutrient-rich soil. This also saves the gardener the frequent application of fertilizer. So that there is no waterlogging, the soil should be permeable. This also leads to good aeration of the roots. Likewise, a water-storing property helps promote root development. Unfortunately, this aspect cannot always be reconciled with a permeable substrate. In this sense, an organic layer of compost, mulch or topsoil protects against evaporation from sunlight.

The choice of bucket

Encouraging root growth in potted plants is often more difficult. Trees and shrubs in pots cannot provide themselves with water and nutrients. However, the right bucket material can compensate for this disadvantage.

Although plastic is very inexpensive, terracotta planters are a far better choice. These work

  • cold-insulating
  • breathable
  • heat retaining
  • visually appealing
  • Capable of absorbing and releasing water
Idea: Ask your retailer about so-called air pots. These are innovative plant pots made of material with ventilation holes. This ensures that the roots get enough oxygen.

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