I'm trying to save an indoor potted Pachira (probably P. glabra, "Money Tree") that has become "leggy" from
years decades of mistreatment. I'd like to take a cutting and start a new tree.
A few sites suggest rooting hormone (e.g., this one) but others (e.g., this one) seem to suggest that it's not absolutely necessary. I'd like to avoid the rooting hormone (most practically because I haven't got any handy...) but I'll do so if necessary. I've only got a couple candidate stalks to work with.
I had hoped it would root/propagate easily in the fashion of Schefflera, since it seems to have superficial resemblance, but seems to have no relation.
I have propagated many plants before in this way (so I have some experience), but never Pachira, so I'm most interested in suggestions particular to this plant. Must I use rooting hormone, or will it sprout on its own -- or perhaps in a jar with a rooting Schefflera? What other techniques might I use to ensure success? E.g., let it dry, where to cut relative to a node, etc.