Roses forum→First Attempt at Roses from Seeds

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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Bromeliad Tropicals Aroids Sedums
Container Gardener
Dec 11, 2020 12:51 PM CST
I'll start by admitting that I know pretty much nothing about growing roses. Never done it before. *Blush*

I saw a beautiful rose bush recently while walking with my SO. I realized when we got home that he snuck one of the hips into my jacket pocket. So... I'm wondering if I can take the seeds out and get them to grow. I'm currently in California, so the potted seeds would remain here when I go back to Ontario.

How would I go about starting the seeds? Reading online, it looks like they need to be cold stratified before planting. From what I've read, it sounds like the seeds can go in the fridge for 10-12 weeks. Is this correct? Should I prepare them in any particular ways?

Once I remove and rinse the seeds, is there something safe I can use to prevent mold while they're in the fridge? It sounds like I have to keep them damp.

Any advice is appreciated! I largely grow succulents, bromeliads and a few aroids. So this is a completely new kind of plant for me. Smiling
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Roses Garden Photography Region: Michigan
Dec 11, 2020 6:09 PM CST
Yes, you can grow roses from seeds. However, they will not necessarily look like the rose you got them from. They could look very similar or vastly different because each seed is a brand new variety of rose taking genetic information from both parents and from all of their ancestors as well.

You can do a search on here for growing roses from seeds and you should find several threads with information. There are many ways to do it. Some people stratify and some don't, Some just plant them out and others start them in seed trays. You can experiment and see what works best for you.

As for mold, don't worry about it. Make sure you clean the seeds very well and get off all of the hip material. There are growth inhibitors in that matter. However, the seed coats are extremely tough and some molds on the seeds will help to break that down so the seed can germinate.

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