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Why don't these OGR's set hip??

Posted by sumzie z4/5 Ontario (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 11, 06 at 18:19

These mature once-bloomers (and Austin) have never set open pollinated hip in the last 4 years they've been planted. They are large, healthy, and productive rose bushes with blooms to die for, but never, EVER have I seen a hip form on either one! Why is this?

Belle de Crecy
Belle Isis
Mme Hardy
St. Swithun

Are they not fertile?
Do they at least yield fertile pollen?
Will they make good seed parents if pollinated by hand?

I'm very new at this.

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RE: Why don't these OGR's set hip??

Many hybrids (which means all of the roses bred by David Austin) don't set hips. Their pollen can be used in crosses.

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