The Q&A Archives: Growing Roses From Seed Pod

Question: Our warm climate in western New York made our roses bloom clear into December. Although when cutting back the canes there were orange/red seed pods that I cut off and dried. Inside are large and small(what appear to be) seeds.
If these are planted, will they grow and how do you start them, indoors? Is there special care that is needed? I would be very interested in learning more on this topic.

Answer: The seed pods on roses are called hips, and those are indeed seeds inside. Rose seeds need a period of cold stratification before they will germinate, so you'll need to store them cold for three or four months prior to planting them. (Your refrigerator should do nicely.) Plant them as you would any other seeds in moistened soil mix, cover with clear plastic and set in a bright location away from direct sun. Keep in mind, however, that the resulting plants may not resemble the parent much at all. Most roses are reproduced by budding, grafting or cutting rather than by seed. Have fun with your project!

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