The Q&A Archives: Growing Roses from Gathered Seed

Question: My roses have bloomed and died off and underneath the bloom is a large growth. Aren't these the seeds? If so, how do I get them to germinate and grow into plants? I placed 2 of them in the soil and they rotted. Would like to know what I can do with them. Your help is truly appreciated.

Answer: What you see is actually the rose fruit, or "hips". The seeds are inside the hips, like the seeds of an apple are inside its fruit (roses and apples are in the same family, too!). You can try to grow roses from seed, but don't expect the offspring to necessarily resemble the parent shrub. Again, like apples, roses seldom come "true" from seed. It can be fun to experiment, though! Let the hips stay on the plant until next spring, and plant whole hips in moist, rich soil in a sunny spot. It'll probably be a few years before the seedlings bloom.

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