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high phosphorous = initiate root growth?

This is a discussion on high phosphorous = initiate root growth? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by ischel1 Laurent, does that mean that you can dissolve Aspirin in water ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    Laurent, does that mean that you can dissolve Aspirin in water and use that or do you have to use pure salicylic acid?
    I was reading about aspirin dissolved in water after reading Cin's comment.

    I am no specialist (and no scientist!) but from what I have read online, salicylic acid tricks the plant into thinking it needs to repair itself, therefore boosting its defenses supposedly making the plant more resistant to pests and promoting growth. BUT it seems like dosage is key and that you need a massive amount to have any effect at all (something like 400 + tablets in a quart of water!).
    Apparently the plant can only absorb a ridiculously small amount at a time and very very slowly.
    It was noted that it could also hurt the plant ... so definitely not ideal!

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    I would go for the willow... it also has anti fungus and bacterial properties... it is something plants relase to innitiate healing.

    Any variety of willow (salix) will do... those trees next to water with the long hanging bishes of fine leaves... looks very sad the way the branches droop like a large umbrella... sometimes called weeping willow.

    What you are after is the IBA (indolebutyric acid).

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    Thanks for the clarification on that Laurent.
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