Rose seeds..delaying stratification ?
Last year I harvested hips in late fall, put seeds in the fridge, planted, and grew some seedlings under lights for a short time before being able to put outside in spring. This year I have lots of hips turning orange already, but want to know whether I can store them at room temperature awhile before stratifying. The reason is because I don't want to have to have them under lights a long time once they sprout.
Would it hurt germination to let them dry out before stratifying? Would it be best to leave them in the hips awhile or even leave them on the plant for the maximum amount of time before they shrivel up and drop off? Also, what is the maximum amount of time recommended for keeping them in the fridge if they haven't sprouted yet?