Question about rose seedlings

BlondmykApril 30, 2013

Last January I decided to try planting some seeds that I'd pulled from some rose hips. I have no idea the variety.

I stratified them in late January and pulled them out in late March and planted them. Of the 12 seeds I chose, only two have come up.

They've only been up for about 4 days now, but I've noticed that one of my little seedlings has turned a purplish color. Can anyone tell me if this is a problem? Should I quarantine this seedling until I know if it's a virus or something?

Any opinions would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

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Turning purple wouldn't be a viral issue. MANY roses can have colored foliage. It all depends upon the genetics of the particular seedling. I wouldn't worry about it. I've had many which were red, purplish, nearly blue even and many of those have become lovely plants. Just enjoy watching them grow into roses no one else has ever seen. Good luck! Kim

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 12:07AM
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Thank you for your response! I've been so excited about this as this is the first time that I've ever attempted such a thing. When I was a child I asked my Aunt Barbara about th Rose hips, and she told me that they were used for tea. I asked where Rose seeds came from and she told me she didn't know. I guess I always! It's only been recently that I've had the time to endulge my flower gardening hobby, and this has been just an amazing and fun undertaking. I can't wait to see how they turn out! Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 12:46PM
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You're welcome! I'm glad you're finally getting to "play"! I remember reading years ago that during WW II, scurvy was a huge problem in the British Isles due to their inability to ship in fresh produce. They found the hips from the native "Dog Briar", R. Canina, were 25 times higher in Vitamin C than an orange and 60 times higher in Vitamin C than a lemon. Plus, the actual seeds, (which really aren't "seeds" at all, but an achene, "a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall." The word is from the Latin, meaning, "I don't gape". Seeds have two halves where they split open to release the germ. Rose 'seeds' don't. Germination requires the break down of the "seed coat" rather than it opening) are very high in B and other vitamins. Rodents adore the hips and "seeds" for their high vitamin contents. You're going to have fun! Kim

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 2:57PM
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