Roses forum: Best rose for rose hips?

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Oct 31, 2011 7:44 PM CST
I am looking for input

I would like some rose hips for tea and my chinchilla. I read rugosa roses have good hips but no one caries them around here.
Does any one use hips?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Oct 31, 2011 8:34 PM CST

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I don't use them for anything, and I actually don't encourage them because I'd rather have the roses continue to bloom all year, but when time gets away from me and I don't have time to cut the hips off, the roses that produce the best ones in my garden are the hybrid kordesii shrubs like Dortmund. My friend Thalia eats them as she walks through the garden and she says those are the most delicious. They're also the largest. Altissimo has nice big hips too, but I don't know how they taste.

I don't grow rugosas, so I can't tell you anything about them. Sorry.
Name: tabby
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tabby
Oct 31, 2011 8:37 PM CST
Rugosas have nice soft large hips that my kids would eat when they were little. Many OGRs and species produce lots of hips. Eglantine is one.
Do you want some? My gallicas are loaded.
Name: Steve
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Steve812
Nov 2, 2011 9:24 AM CST
I have heard that the rugosa Hansa has the best hips for tea. Several other rugosas are good, too, though not every rugosa does set hips. Eglantine might be a great choice too. I know the leaves of the rose are redolent of green apples and it's a marvelous moist spring morning smell. Most modern roses do not set hips, but I have seen hips on Playboy, Midas Touch, and Tess of the d'Ubervilles, some of which are quite large. By contrast, Ballerina bears lots of hips but they are quite small. Antique Rose Emporium lists hips as a search category, so you might find more info there.
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sandnsea2
Nov 2, 2011 9:33 AM CST
Pretty hips on Bonica rose.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Nov 2, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Tabby,
Yes I would be interested in some hips , sending a tree mail.

Cinda

Doing some research and plan to add some (hippy) roses next year.
Thank you for the input Smiling
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Nov 2, 2011 1:04 PM CST
The rose that sets the biggest hips reliably for me is Katy Road Pink (Carefree Beauty).
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Newyorkrita
Nov 3, 2011 3:06 PM CST
I don't know how big the hips need to be but my THE GIFT makes tons of hips (which does not stop it from continueing blooming) but they are small. I have never tried actually doing anything with rose hips.
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porkpal
Nov 3, 2011 5:20 PM CST
Do chinchillas need the rose hips for the vitamin C? I thought it was just primates and guinea pigs that were unable to synthesize their own.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Nov 7, 2011 1:13 PM CST
The rose hips are mostly a healthy snack , but have good benefits for her gums and digestive system. Most sources recommend a children's chewable but I tend to go natural with my vitamin intake so I feel I should provide her the same where possible.
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CindiKS
Nov 10, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Oh hands down, in my yard, Fourth of July has the most abundant hips! (other than my own, but then that's another story that we don't want to get into Crying )
Since 4th July is a monster climber, you get way more. The birds love it. I planted 3 together on trellises with salvia greggii behind them and birds, butterflies, hummingbirds all love that whole flower bed.
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