cutting Auguste Renoir in winter?
We are slowly moving to another house (which we are slowly remodeling) so I have spent the last several months moving plants I can't live without...all 10,000 of them...before we put this house on the market. It's almost time to sell, and I have 2 roses left that are really too big to move. One is a 15' tall--no kidding--Auguste Renoir which I dragged here from New Orleans 6 years ago. It has a trunk larger than my arm. I know I could buy a new one, but I think this particular one is a supersport or something because of its size. It's also a constant bloomer. I have a climbing Fourth Of July that I would like to take cuttings on also because I would like to eventually have a whole fence row of these. My question is, what are my chances of success taking cuttings now and starting them in a large aquarium? We are going through a weird heat wave of 65 degree days, but we had temps in the teens 2 weeks ago. Canes are all still green. We get cold dry winds in the winter, with freeze-thaw cycles, so I never know what to expect next week. Would the roses resist dormancy if I took cuttings now? I don't want to hurt the roses, even if they won't be mine anymore. I may not have the chance to take cuttings later. I have never tried propogating roses from cuttings, but I am pretty successful with other plants. Thanks for any advice you can give!