Growing roses from cuttings is a rewarding way to expand your garden. Using onions, which contain natural rooting hormones, can significantly speed up the propagation process. This guide will show you how to propagate roses from cuttings quickly and effectively using onions.

Materials You Will Need

  • Healthy rose plant
  • Fresh onion
  • Sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Small container or bowl
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Pot with well-draining soil

Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Roses from Cuttings

Step 1: Select and Prepare the Rose Cuttings

  1. Choose Healthy Stems: Select healthy, semi-hardwood stems from an existing rose plant. The best cuttings are those that are not too young or too old, typically from the current or previous season’s growth.
  2. Cut the Stems: Using sharp pruning shears or a knife, cut 6-8 inch long sections from the selected stems. Each cutting should have at least 4-6 nodes (the points where leaves attach to the stem).
  3. Remove Leaves: Strip the lower leaves from the cuttings, leaving a few leaves at the top. This helps the cutting focus on root development rather than maintaining foliage.

Step 2: Prepare the Onion Solution

  1. Chop the Onion: Cut a fresh onion into small pieces.
  2. Extract Onion Juice: Place the chopped onion in a small container or bowl and press or mash to release the juice. Onions contain natural rooting hormones that enhance root development.

Step 3: Treat the Rose Cuttings with Onion Juice

  1. Dip the Cuttings: Dip the base of each rose cutting into the onion juice, ensuring that the juice coats the cut ends well. Let the cuttings sit in the juice for a few minutes to absorb the natural hormones.

Step 4: Plant the Treated Cuttings

  1. Prepare the Pot: Fill a pot with well-draining soil. Roses thrive in a mix of garden soil and compost.
  2. Plant the Cuttings: Insert the treated rose cuttings into the soil, burying the lower nodes and leaving the upper part of the stem exposed.
  3. Water Thoroughly: Water the soil around the cuttings thoroughly to settle it and provide initial moisture.

Step 5: Create a Humid Environment

  1. Cover with Plastic Bag: Place a clear plastic bag over the pot to create a mini greenhouse effect, which will help retain humidity and warmth.
  2. Place in Indirect Sunlight: Put the pot in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can be too harsh and may overheat the cuttings.

Step 6: Monitor and Maintain

  1. Check Moisture Levels: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the cuttings regularly to maintain the right moisture level.
  2. Ventilate Occasionally: Remove the plastic bag for a few hours every couple of days to allow fresh air circulation and prevent mold growth.

Step 7: Transplanting

  1. Root Development: After a few weeks, you should see new growth and root development. You can check for root growth by gently tugging on the cuttings; if you feel resistance, roots have formed.
  2. Transplant to Larger Pots: Once the cuttings have established strong roots, transplant them to larger pots or directly into your garden. Ensure they receive adequate sunlight and water to continue growing.

Step 8: Ongoing Care

  1. Sunlight: Roses need plenty of sunlight, ideally 6-8 hours per day.
  2. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water the plant regularly, especially during dry periods.
  3. Fertilization: Feed the rose plants with a balanced fertilizer every month to provide essential nutrients for growth.
  4. Pruning: Prune the plants to encourage bushier growth and remove any dead or damaged leaves.


Propagating roses from cuttings using onions is a natural and effective method to speed up the rooting process. By following these steps, you can successfully grow roses from cuttings and enjoy their beauty in your garden. With patience and proper care, your rose cuttings will flourish into stunning rose plants. Happy gardening!