The Q&A Archives: Rose Hips

Question: Would like to know if picking the rose hips shortly after the flower has bloomed will help the bush to flower more. I don't use the rose hips.

Answer: To encourage the most blooms, cut the spent flowers off your rose bush just at the petals begin to fall and before rose hips develop. Prune the stem down to a 5-leaflet leaf and a new flowering stem will develop. If you wait until rose hips develop, the plant will spend its energy producing rose hips instead of developing new flowering shoots. So, for the most blooms keep those old rose flowers cut off.

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