growing roses from seed

RD8005July 17, 2013

I would appreciate comments and suggestions on growing roses from seed. I have cross polinated two roses and now have hips that are maturing. I assume they will be ready for harvest later this summer or early this fall. Once I harvest the seed, what do I do next? How long can I keep the seed before planting? I don't have any greenhouse or growing area other than a window sill. Should I wait until late winter or early spring before planting?

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seil zone 6b MI

The hips will take 90 to 120 days to ripen and should turn yellow, orange or red in color when they're ripe. Once you harvest them keep them in a cool dry place until you are ready to start them. I can email you my paper on how I do my seeds if you will PM me with your email address. It's to long to post it here.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 12:08PM
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I have been a member here for a few years but this is my first post. I tried growing roses from seed last year and was unsuccessful. I have some hips that look workable on my Chicago Peace this year and wanted to try again. Could you please email me your paper on how you do your seeds? Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 7:18PM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

Seil, I would love to have your info on seeds as well. I tried last year but with out any success (sure I did something wrong)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:19AM
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seil zone 6b MI

I'd be happy to send them out! Please PM me with you email addresses so I can send them!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 3:46PM
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Hi, I think it is Henry Kuska that put all the instructions you need on the internet. You have to simulate the seed being eaten by the bird, the digestive tract of the bird goes to work, then the seed sits in bird droppings, then it has to overwinter, and then finally it can germinate. So this involves treatment with enzymes, cold stratification, etc. I did this once and it works. You will get seedlings in about 3 or 4 months.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 10:05AM
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My way with rose seeds. First, I have not had hips change the colors approaching the 100 day mark. So I harvest about 100 days. Once I've removed the seeds from the hips each one is cleaned off in my mouth! Then the seeds go in a labeled bag of 1/2 oz hydro coir and 1 oz distilled water. From there they are placed in the crisper of fridge maintained at 40 degrees. After about 100 days I check for germination. There are then a quantity ready to be transplanted. Those being transplanted go into a seed mix with perlite on top of mix. A humidity dome goes over the tray and then under plant lights on a timer. Also, there is a heating mat placed under the tray. So while my method may seem crude to some it has resulted in satisfaction at my skill set. If interested I have do have a blogspot.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:24PM
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I'd be interested in your Blogspot, Rosespecialist!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:33AM
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My rose hybridizing information can be reached from:

Henry Kuska

Here is a link that might be useful: My rose hybridizing information can be reached from

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:50AM
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The photo is one of my seedlings. I am just a regular sort who hodgepodged a blogspot! Though I do lotsa photos, breaks down the need for language barriers and proper english. :-D

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 12:00PM
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seil if you can send me a email telling me how to groiw from seed I would appreciate it!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 11:34AM
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