I've decided something, the more I've written about the New Dawn rose that climbs the front porch of the condo I'm about to move out of (check out the story here and here and here). I've decided that though I want the rose to continue to live here and grace the lives of the next owners, I also want to take it with me to our new home.
So I'm starting to look into rose cloning techniques. It seems (ha!) like it's not the hardest thing in the world--it should simply involve taking a proper cutting, dipping the cut end in a root stimulant, and housing it in damp soil out of direct sunlight. This website I found advocates an interesting technique where a zip-top bag acts as a greenhouse to the plant as it sets new roots.
I'm still doing research, but as I think about it (not for too long, though, because I think the best time to start this is just after the petals fall off...which would be now!), I want to put the question to you: have you ever cloned a rose, or other favorite plant? How did you do it?
Because come on: could you say goodbye to this?