Growing roses from seed is not difficult, but not suitable for every rose
As soon as you got addicted to roses and have grown some striking examples, it will itch in every true Rosarians fingers to propagate these roses.
The majority of garden roses are hybrids, formed as a result of careful pairing certain genetic traits of breeding specimens.
Of course, you can try to grow them, but I am sorry to say that they won’t come true from seeds.
That will leave us three choices:
The seeds that you will find in the hips of your roses in fall form the basis for your new roses. They are already pollinated and will be ready to pick off when they change their color from green to red or orange and will appear slightly soft to the touch.
After two months of cold, moist storage, called stratification, the seed will be ready to sprout. Be prepared that not all the seeds will germinate.
Tip of caution
Too much water is a major killer of seedlings. Don’t overdo it.
Keep the soil moist but never leave the plants in soggy soil.
However, never let the soil dry out.The seedlings will not survive that threat.
It will take 6-8 weeks for the seedlings to bloom. At this stage, you will see what you have gotten.
Using a fungicide, such as Captan 50% fungicide, will prevent diseases at this early growing stage.
It can take a long time (2-5 years) until the first blooms will appear on roses grown from seed, but you will be rewarded for your efforts.Rose Gardening › Growing Roses ›
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