The Q&A Archives: Rose Hips On Rose Bushes?

Question: We've just moved from Minnesota to Nevada, and although we had roses in MN, I have a question about 2 rose bushes here in Nevada. After the roses have bloomed, there are big orange "balls" on the bushes. Should I be cutting them off so more roses will bloom, or are they essential to the plant?

Answer: The roses are going to "seed." If you want it to keep blooming, you should deadhead the flowers before they form the rosehips, so the plant isn't putting it's energy into seed rather than flowers.

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