Is it safe to use a rooting hormone when propagating medicinal herbs?
As with anything else in life there are different points of view.
As far as herbs are concerned the purists argue that applying a rooting hormone, irrespective of it being natural or artificial, is contrary to what we are trying to achieve. It’s like eating hormone fed chickens or beef. And who wants to use a hormone treated herb as a remedy?
Others argue that taking a cutting is anyway, in most cases, not the natural means of reproduction for plants. Drastic situations need drastic measures. And to increase the cuttings success rate, rooting hormones are justified.
Others say: “Be realistic.” By the time you use the herb there’s not a single trace of the rooting hormone left. And if it is a natural hormone, it is completely harmless.
Then there are those who say: “What’s the fuss? You don’t need rooting hormones for herbs at all. They root just as easily without you trying to ‘intervene’ with a chemical. It’s just a money making scam.”
What’s your view about using a rooting hormone?