We are soon to shift house. Currently we have some favourite roses which we have nurtured over the years. Would it be possible to take cuttings from these bushes to replant and establish at our new home, and if so how best to go about it?
Are you able to keep and move your prize roses instead, as they are one of the easiest plants to transplant? Perhaps the new owner is keen to retain the roses.
You can grow roses from cuttings easily enough. The rose bushes you buy at garden centres have all been grafted onto a specific root stock that provides longevity and improved health.
To propagate your roses from cuttings, wait until all the leaves have dropped (this may well have happened) and select healthy, strong growing branches. The length of the cutting needs to be about 150mm long with the bottom cut being just below a node and the top cut just above a node. The cuttings can be placed in a large container filled with good quality potting mix up to half their depth. Keep moist without overwatering and any semi-hard wood rooting hormone will increase the chances of your cuttings being successful.
After shoots and roots have appeared in spring, they can either be placed in individual containers to grow before planting, or simply be planted into your new garden. Take a number of cuttings of the varieties you wish to keep to improve the chances of success.