Indole-3-butyric Acid 99% | ‘IBA’ | Plant hormone
This high-quality Indole-3-butyric Acid (‘IBA’) plant hormone is a 99% pure, white to yellowish crystalline powder which is increasingly used to encourage improved root development – especially in micropropagation techniques. ‘IBA’ is also a key component of many popular commercially-available (usually quite expensive) plant rooting concoctions.
Also known as ‘4-(1H-Indol-3-yl)butanoic Acid’, ‘1H-Indole-3-butanoic Acid’, ‘3-Indolebutyric Acid’, ‘Indolebutyric Acid’ and ‘C12H13NO2’, this plant auxin was initially considered to be synthetic in origin, although is now recognised as being produced naturally (for example, by some Salix species). Typically, an ‘IBA’ solution of a ratio suitable for the subject species is applied to the plant.
While it’s not currently certain exactly how Indole-3-butyric acid works its magic, there is some evidence that it may convert to the related Indole-3-acetic acid (‘IAA’) – although there’s also evidence to the contrary too… Be aware that, as with many such additives, large enough quantities may prove toxic to both flora and fauna, so always do your due diligence before diving in!
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