Roses From Cuttings

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Old_Geezer | 13:37 Mon 16th Mar 2020 | Gardening
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Was toying with the idea of, come autum, trying to create more roses from the ones I already have in the garden. But I realise most roses are grafted, at least in the UK, so may not do well without it's rootstock.

This led me on to trying to find UK rose varieties sold on their own roots, but the websearch apparently thinks it's ok to not understand what UK means, nor is it able to resist filling the pages with info on grafted roses. (Must be amusing to it, I guess.)

Anyone know where one can find info of varieties not sold graphted, their characteristics, and where in the UK they're sold ?

By autumn I may well have dropped the idea but it'd be a nice option. Or has folk tried with graphted roses and found success ?



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13:42 Mon 16th Mar 2020
the trick is to search for what you do want (roses on own rootstock) and not for what you don't....any mention of grafted or grafting
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Thanks. I feel sure I found that Telegraph article a few months ago when I was thinking about it previously, but had forgotten about it. I'm still a little concerned about the rose's vigour.

Unfortunately I think the heirloom site is American. Not worth paying a fortune to get certification for plant imports. It needs to be in the UK, or at least, for the next year, in the EU.
dammit, sorry
We have a rose which was simply planted as a cutting from one close by. Both produce excellent blooms and plenty of them. The business about grafting onto root stock I believe has to do with disease resistance.
Cuttings can be taken from roses without any problems if you can provide a sheltered conditions like a green house or cold frame.

Nurserymen can produce a huge amount of plants from a small amount of material in a short space of time. a vigorous root stock is usually selected such as the wild rose or dog rose (Rosa canina).
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Thanks all. Maybe I'll just give it a try and see what happens, then.
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Everyone deserves BA but think I'll have to give it to the reminder of the Telegraph article. Cheers.
I used to know a lady who kept an area of her garden for this and every time she bought or was given cut roses she would push the stems quite deeply into the soil there once the flower was over. She reckoned she had about a 5% success rate but was quite happy with that as the plants were free and she took no effort with them.
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I need to get a cold frame, or similar.

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