Root Grow

This week in the Flog:

  • Break from the balcony to make a root stimulant

I’m taking another break this week to go over a simple recipe I made the other day. This is a root growth promotant, or at least I hope it will be.

There is a type of grass growing in one of my ‘experiment’ planters that grows long root stolons below the surface, which pop up as new grass periodically. I’ve let it grow and spread a bit so there will be many stolons to pick:

Root Grow - Part 1

I have a nice patch of grass to collect growing roots from. I’ll target the newer growth since that’s where the expanding stolons will be.

Here’s one of the stolons after digging it out of the planter:

Root Grow - Part 2

The long growing tip of the stolon is white colored

The idea is that the white area of the root is packed with growth hormones – these stolons grow quickly and spread through the soil seeking new places far enough away to sprout new shoots. Microscopically, the growing tip is full of brand new cells and should be an area of great growth activity:

Root Grow - Part 3

Microscopically, there is a lot going on in the growing tip of a root. We want to capitalize on that action.

Actually after digging up several of the new grasses, there are less stolons than I’d like but oh well. I’m working with what I have:

Root Grow - Part 4

I’ve collected shoots on the edge of the grass, that have growing stolons coming from them

I’ve removed all the green so we just have roots:

Root Grow - Part 5

Here the roots are separated out and chopped a bit

Now all the roots go in my mini-fermenter to get mashed:

Root Grow - Part 6

All the roots go in the mini fermentation vessel

This time I’m adding BIM with Molasses. This is a little superior than just using lacto serum like I did with the growth promoter before. More variety of microbes – and variety is key.

And now, the final product after all the ingredients are added. If this works well, then I’ll be able to keep harvesting bits of the grass to make root growth boosters. After 2-3 weeks, I have the fermented product ready for use:

Root Grow - Part 7

The finished product, noticeably decomposed

Now to use it in a side-by-side test and see if the roots I used really will make a difference. Not sure stolons are the best to use, as opposed to normal roots. If it doesn’t work, I’ll try a different plant with big roots. Experiment experiment experiment that’s what we’re all about at The Unconventional Farmer. Also, have fun :)

  • Ricardo

    Conclusions?

    • Patrick

      Ha, it has yet to be used in the garden. I’ve been so busy writing and composting, the garden has been on a water diet for some time now. I’d like to test the root grow in a side-by-side experiment to really see how it does.

      • Diep

        Waiting for your conclusions. :-)

        • Patrick

          Haha sorry Diep I need to use it still. Will update this post when I use it.

  • Dan

    Would alfalfa sprouts be a good alternative to the stalons you used?

    • Patrick

      Yeah you can use sprouts. I would use those for a general Grow recipe. Check out the Grow recipe page for details on that. For root grow, look for a plant that is aggressive with root growth. Maybe sprouts work for that.

  • jeff

    hey dan you can use your alfalfa sprouts for the enzymes and triancontol in them. take 1/4 cup sprouted seeds and put them in a blender with a little water and add that to 5 gallons of water and water it in. you can strain it if you want, doesnt matter either way, i like the extra organic material so i leave it in.

    • Patrick

      Excellent advice, thanks Jeff!

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