Answer: Normally, rooting hormones are used when trying to root cuttings rather than when planting transplants. The best method to encourage transplants to take quickly and root well is to start with healthy transplants, acclimate or harden them off adequately and plant them into well prepared soil. A good planting area will be deeply prepared and well enriched with copious amounts of organic matter such as compost, rotted leaves, or aged manure and bedding plus any additional amendments as indicated by the results of soil tests. Many gardeners will "water in" their transplants with a dilute water soluble fertilizer such as MiracleGro or a compost tea as a boost, but this is a nutrient boost rather than hormonal.
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