The Q&A Archives: Moss Rose Seeds

Question: I have been collecting the seeds from my moss roses, and am saving them in a paper envelope. Will they grow and bloom if I plant them next year or am I wasting my time? Thanks.

Answer: They should as long as your plant isn't a hybrid. Don?t save seed from hybrid plants, because when planted it will not mature identical to the parent plant. (A hybrid plant is produced by cross pollinating two different parent plants.) Hybrid plants are labeled as such on seed packets and in catalog descriptions.

Collect seeds on dry, sunny days to avoid any excess moisture. If needed, dry seeds completely on sheets of newspaper for a week or so. Dispose of stems and leaves. A screen or colander works well to remove chaff. Store seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator. Good luck!

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