You can divide them but it would cause a lot of stress. When plants grow together, the roots are also growing together. Separating them from one another would destroy a lot of roots.
I would continue to treat them as one plant. December or January is a good time to repot, prune and force the roses into dormancy (by pulling all the rest of the leaves off). Just a hint when you repot - rip the very bottom of the root ball off.
Thank You Daisy!
I have fallen deeply for the little roses! I set alarms on my iPhone to ensure they NEVER dry out! They had a tough time at first due to my Bengal cat trying very hard to eat the red one. All my cats are attracted to rose petals, but the Bengal is a voracious pest! He managed to depot the poor thing 3 times before I moved them to the upper sill of the East window in my living room. He "Tried" climbing up but fell twice then stopped! It had been stripped of most leaves but came back beautifully for me!
Both arrived with 4 cuttings but one pink one failed to root well and died early on.The red one, despite all the abuse from my cat proved much tougher and all 4 rooted well. The red also seems to shrug off winter's dry indoor conditions better. The pink tends to be quicker to complain if it gets too dry around it. I am moving them back to the south window now that I have planter shelves he can't reach. There are no heat vents near it and most plants love that location (orchids, Cacti, and Epi's are my usual indoor plants.) I love flowering plants, but I did end up with a philodendron, and a grapefruit tree that rooted from a seed. I had a magnificent little dwarf phalenopsis, I grew from a tiny seedling...took years, but some animal took it out of it's pot overnight roots and all!! Probably ate it! It was getting to Flowering age and it was very upsetting! My epi is a "Queen of the Night" species! Big plant, night bloomer. My cacti are mostly unusual Opuntia varieties. One grows in the beach dunes of the Outer Bank of N Carolina. 2 that grow on granite outcrops here in MN . One collected locally...and legally from the St Cloud Granite Quarries, zone 4, the other amazingly was collected...again legally, from granite outcrops around Lake of the Isle, zone 3 for sure, possibly zone 2? My Gymnocalcium is a cactus that has bloomed reliably, Spring, summer and fall for 5 years now.
I know the epi's, orchids, and cacti are off topic but they are to explain how much I am NOT a person used to persnickety house plants. I generally kill most houseplants other people enjoy and they look at my plants and swear they can't grow them or keep them alive. I find epiphytes and cacti the most forgiving of plants! My little mini roses are NOT forgiving which is why I set alarms to guarantee I am paying them "special" attention.
Mustbnuts said:Cearbhael, it sounds like you are doing the impossible--keeping mini roses alive in a house. Good for you! They look so healthy and happy in your picture. I hope you share more when they bloom again.
Don't know if you might want to do this in Jan or so, but roses don't naturally go dormant in the winter time where I live (too warm). So to force them into dormancy for a few weeks (give them a rest from flowering), when I prune, I pull off all the leaves and force them into dormancy for a short period of time.
We also love sweet beasties, and please feel free to share pictures of your kitties on the monthly chat posts. Can you tell I am dying to see a picture of your gorgeous Bengal? Love Bengal kitties! They are strikingly beautiful.