The best homemade rooting agents for your cuttings

Homemade rooters are useful for cuttings

If you are one of those who enjoys multiplying your plants using cuttings, surely more than once you have wanted to know if there is a homemade product that allows you to obtain plants much more quickly. Although in the nurseries they sell rooting hormones, both in powder and liquid, the truth is that it is not necessary to buy them if you have what I am going to tell you next at home.

I am sure that you will not have to leave your home to look for them, as they are products that are used daily (or almost). Here is our list with the best homemade rooters for cuttings.

Market rooting agents

On the market there are various commercial products of both chemical and hormonal origin. The first ones that have a chemical origin are known as phytoregulators. They are those who, depending on the dose, They can have different modes of application and can produce different effects on plants. as is the case with ANA (1-naphylacetic acid). This type of phytoregulators can be used, for example, to thin the fruits of the apple tree, as well as to induce flowering in the case of pineapple.

The other group we have the hormones that are used mainly to enhance and generate the roots. They achieve this thanks to the fact that they have active materials such as alginic acid, amino acids, mannitol, among others. To these products are added both macro and micronutrient fertilizers and always in very tight doses. It is difficult to select which are the best rooters on the market, so it can also be interesting to make homemade rooters. The success of a rooting agent comes from the method of use, dose, moment when using hay, species on which it is applied, etc.

The most normal thing is that the formulation of the rooting agents on the market is liquid and They are applied by dipping the base of the cuttings or in powder. In this case, it is applied by smearing the cutting area of ​​the cutting with this formula.

Making homemade rooting agents

Given the difference from the rooting agents on the market, we can make our totally natural home-made rooters. We have several starting sources. Regardless of the active material with which we start, the homemade rooting agent can be used in our organic garden. It is necessary to look for certain sources that serve as a reaction to stimulate the emission of roots. These materials are more active and favor the growth of the roots, increasing their development both in length and number. For this reason, we can apply the homemade rooting agents when we are going to plant the cuttings, either of the log or herbaceous type.

We are going to see what are the different types of home rooters most used and their main characteristics:


Coffee ends up waking us up in the morning, but it can also help cuttings grow roots. And it is that it has active principles that can stimulate the growth of the roots. For it, you have to do the following:

  1. First, you have to bring the coffee beans (or ground coffee) to a boil. More or less, you have to use about 60 grams of coffee per half a liter of water.
  2. Afterwards, everything is strained well to remove the remains.
  3. Finally, the base of the cutting is sprayed with the resulting liquid.


Cinnamon is a good rooting agent

If we have cinnamon at home, we have a rooting agent that is very easy and fast to make. The cinnamon extract is a good stimulator of the roots, making them grow efficiently. In fact, only you have to follow this step by step:

  1. First, 3 tablespoons of cinnamon are added in 1 liter of water.
  2. Afterwards, it is left to rest overnight.
  3. Finally, filter and voila!

The use market is the same as the previous one. The stems of the cuttings must be left submerged for a few minutes before being planted. In this way, we achieve that the roots can grow in greater numbers and with greater length.


There are many seeds that, during their germination, release a large amount of hormones. Most of these hormones are intended to stimulate and potential for root development. The case of lentils is something special. It seems to be rich in these hormones that stimulate root development. Lentils are legumes that, in addition to being used to prepare delicious dishes, are one of the best-known home-grown roots. In order to use them as such we have to do the following:

  1. First, they are put in a saucepan with water for five hours.
  2. Then, beat everything, the lentils with the water.
  3. Then, it is strained and the resulting liquid is poured into a sprayer.
  4. Finally, it is sprayed at the base of the cutting, which is where the roots will come out.
homemade rooting agent with lentils
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How to make a homemade rooting agent with lentils


Thanks to the willow we can prepare a powerful recipe for rooting hormones based on salicylic acid. Willow is a tree from which, in addition to obtaining aspirin, it can also be used as a rooting agent. For it, you have to follow this step by step:

  1. First, some branches are cut.
  2. Afterwards, they are washed and placed in a container of water for about a month.
  3. After that time, the branches are removed and the water is left in the fridge. The branches are placed in a saucepan with new water and boiled for a few minutes.
  4. Finally, wait for it to cool down and add the water that had been left in the fridge.

All these natural homemade rooting agents can be used to improve the rooting phase of our cuttings. Besides that, it can be used and works very well if we add it to irrigation water on plants that are just planted.

Lentils stimulate root growth

I hope that with this information you can learn more about the various homemade rooting agents and their characteristics.

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  1.   Miriam said

    Fantastic .. very useful and simple to do. Thanks a lot

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you, Miriam. We are glad that the article was useful to you 🙂

      1.    Dany's said

        Very good content. Thanks for the information, it is very useful to me.

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          We are happy to read you say that 🙂


        2.    Mirta said

          I planted a climbing rose cutting without leaves and the stem is still green. Not knowing this technique, can I water it?

          1.    Monica Sanchez said

            Hi Mirta.
            If the land is dry, of course you can water it 🙂

  2.   Diego said

    Is it used one method at a time or can it be done together to speed up the topic?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Diego.
      It is better to use one method at a time. Anyway, maybe - I can't tell you for sure because I haven't tried it hehe 🙂 - it's faster with rooting hormones, than those sold in nurseries.
      Regards and thanks for commenting.

    2.    Jaime Suarez said

      I loved it, I love plants and nature that God gave us to take care of. I only knew about the lentil. I hope to know more about your channel.

  3.   Susi said

    Hello. Very simple and easy to do- Thank you very much

  4.   Maria Laura said

    Very interesting, I would like to know how to make bonsai. Thanks

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Maria Laura.

      We are glad that it has been of interest to you.
      Here we explain how to make a bonsai.


  5.   Silvia said

    Very good, inexpensive and super easy… Thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you for reading us 🙂

  6.   Joseph said

    Thank you very much for these tips, in my life I would have thought that such things could be used for such purposes.
    Thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you, José, for commenting. Greetings!

  7.   Araceli said

    I liked the information very good, thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Great, thank you very much Araceli. We're glad you liked it. Greetings!

  8.   Adri said

    Hi, I loved the options !!! I would like to try them this weekend, but first I would like to ask you how to proceed. I must reproduce a stick of water, I understand that I must spray with the rooting agent but how long should I wait to put it in the ground and then water it? or should I bury it and water directly with the rooting agent? Thanks a lot!!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Adri.
      Yes, you first spray it with the rooting agent and then plant it in a pot with soil 🙂

      We love that you liked these options. Thanks for comment.