Once upon a time, rose seeds were ordered, sown, germinated, planted outside, moved and bloomed.
Delighted with the results, more seeds were ordered, ten packs of them. One pack was sown on the date written on the package in the photo at right, New Year’s Eve, what a splendid way to begin a new year.
Six weeks later there was germination. As before, a packet of ten seeds resulted in three seedlings. The third seedling is trying to hide behind the leaf of the plant on the right, just above the first true leaf. It still is holding the seed case, showing as a pale cream color.
It was mentioned to The Financier that rose seeds had again germinated and were growing in the sunroom/greenhouse, after the success of the initial sowing done a couple of years before, illustrated in the first image. He asked if the seeds under the lights had been gathered from the plants growing along the wall behind the main house. No, they were purchased, was the answer. But the wheels were moving at a high rate of speed. Cog edges were smoothly meshing with ideas of what could be. We went outside to see if there were any rose hips on the existing plants that looked promising. There were.
Here is the haul, fifteen little yet to become rose plants, Rosa chinensis ‘Angel Wings’. In their favor is freshness and cold stratification from being outside on the stems for many sub freezing days and nights. They have been sown, the pot labeled and placed in the greenhouse under glass. On the same day, another pack of mail ordered seeds were also sown, for comparison. Now we wait.
This post will be updated as the seeds emerge and the plants bloom. Ever the optimist.
Added: Those first seedlings, that are now blooming mini rose bushes, flowered the first year from seed. They were planted outside from the greenhouse in spring in a spot in the veggie garden and forgotten. Some zucchini seeds were planted right next to them and the zucchini leaves completely covered the roses all season. In the fall when the zucchini were pulled, under those gigantic leaves, the little roses were blooming. That is when we moved them to the wall behind the house, it was a surprising discovery.
Added: Joseph of Greensparrow Gardens has offered some concise information about collecting seeds from hips on exisiting roses other than the Angel Wings type:
I hope I made it clear in my comment that the particular strain of roses you bought and talk about in that post DOESN’T need a cold period to germinate, but virtually all other roses do. That having been said, the procedure is pretty simple: The seeds need a couple things in order to sprout. First, they need to take up water — the seeds when you harvest them are dry, and dormant. So, once you have cleaned them out of the hips, they need to go somewhere moist (moist soil, moist paper towel) to soak up water. Once they have soaked up water they know: “Okay, I got off the plant into the soil. Now to wait for spring!” To make sure they don’t sprout until spring, the seeds wait until they have had ~ 3 months or so of cold temperatures before they will sprout. You can provide this any number of ways: Put them in a pot in a sheltered spot outside (just be sure mice can’t get at them) over winter, or in the refrigerator for ~ 3 months. My preferred method is to place them on moist paper towel in a zip-lock bag in the fridge. I check on them periodically, and once I see tiny roots starting to emerge, I know they are ready to get planted up and put somewhere warm to grow.
Seeds from hips that have sat on the plant over winter might germinate — I’ve had it go both ways. It is certainly worth trying — and if nothing sprouts, just pop them in the fridge for a few months.
I hope this is clear!
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