Rooting very old rose bushes from cuttings

(Question)

I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to root from cuttings two very old rose bushes that have been in the family for decades . The rose bushes (thought to be hybrid teas) were transplanted to my parents’ house in Agincourt (north east Toronto) about 30 years ago from my grandparents’ house in Kitchener when it was sold. We are now selling my parents’ house as they have passed on and we would like to keep the roses in the family. The bushes are likely to big to be transplanted themselves (and I also don’t have the space for them at my house downtown).

I am ideally looking for someone to help me successfully root these bushes so that I and other family members can plant the cuttings at our own houses to carry on the tradition.

Would you know of any professional gardeners that might be able to help me root cuttings from these bushes? It would be a shame to see them go. I am also aware that the new owners of my family home may be planning a renovation in the area where the bushes currently are which would for sure be the end of these beloved plants.

We have about 6 weeks until the house closes so ideally I’d like to find someone to help me do this sooner rather than later.

I have tried to root these bushes from about 30 cuttings over the past two years and have been entirely unsuccessful! Even with some help from Ed Lawrence via his radio show on the CBC! I guess I didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb!

Thanks,

(Answer)

Thank you for your inquiry.  Master Gardeners cannot recommend specific gardeners/landscapers. Our mandate is to educate the public on gardening and  horticulture issues.  You may wish to check out the Landscape Ontario website to find a company in your area.

Alternatively, you may wish to try propagating the cuttings yourself. Please refer to our answer on Rose Propagation which was posted to a similar question. The answer also provides a number of  additional links for more in depth information.

I hope you are able to enjoy your grandparents’ rose for many years to come.