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  • using cloning gel for edible plants

    Created by Elana BlueStone on

    Hi, I have Dip and Grow for ornamentals, but it says it is not safe for edible plants. Of all the cloning gels/ solutions is there any considered safe for edible plants? Not to sound too purist, I garden organically entirely so when I saw the warning I started questioning and cannot find adequate documentation about any of the products. Please advise….I’d like to start taking more cuttings but want to do so safely.
    Thank you in advance,

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    Eric Vinje

    Hello Elana!

    Auxin is the name for plant hormones that stimulate root production. The two most common forms used in the industry are indolebutyric acid (IBA) and napthalacetic acid (NAA) which are produced naturally in some plants. Unfortunately, isolation of these plant hormones are quite difficult and they are unavailable in an organic form currently. There are synthetically-derived IBA and NAA products on the market, however they are not approved for use in organic production. In fact, from my research there is not a single cloning solution that is certified for use in organics. The OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved products PDF lists root-enhancing fertilizers, but no products specifically used to induce rooting. Further researching into this and material safety data sheets for our products has brought me to the conclusion that the closest thing we have to an OMRI approved rooting product is Olivia’s Cloning Gel. It can be purchased here: https://www.planetnatural.com/product/olivias-cloning-gel/

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