The Q&A Archives: Are my Roses Safe for Consumption?

Question: Hello Skip,

Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my inquiry. I bought a rose bush at Home Depot approximately three years ago. I do not know whether or not it had ever been sprayed with pesticides. We, however have not used pesticides on it since planting it in our garden. It has been an amazing producer of beautiful roses, and it blooms profusely year round! We keep it pruned and clipped. My question now is this: Can we use the petals from this rose bush to make jams and edible treats? If this bush had been sprayed with pesticides at the nursery, will it eventually grow out of

Answer: Ruth,
Yes you can harvest the petal and/or the hips if it produces them. The pesticides used on roses don't last nearly so long as to still be around on the plant parts even a few months later.

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