Roses forum→Growing rose plants from seeds in Delhi?

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Sohamsekhar
Feb 3, 2021 10:25 PM CST
The first roses of the season have begun to appear on my desi rose plant, and i would really like to let them convert to rose hips (that is, if they successfully do convert) so that i can use the seeds for growing new plants.
Is it feasible in Delhi's climate?
(Also, for conversion to hips I should just let the flower follow it's own course right? )
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gardenfish
Feb 4, 2021 2:23 AM CST
Welcome! That's a pretty rose! In answer to your question,I that it is it is possible to grow roses from seed, but it's very hard to do. A rose grown from seed would take a long time to become a plant mature enough to bloom. Commercially, I think that many roses are grown from cuttings taken from a mature plant, I believe.
I think it would be a lot easier to take cuttings. The variety of rose you have, a one I'm not familiar with, may not produce hips at all. Not all roses do.
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seilMI
Feb 4, 2021 6:21 PM CST
It isn't really hard at all, Lynda. I do it every year. Yes, the plants start out tiny but they actually bloom and grow quite quickly. I have had seedlings bloom in as little as 8 weeks after germination! The only ones that will take longer to have their first bloom are the once blooming varieties. Some of those may take up to 3 years to bloom because they need to grow enough old wood to set bloom on.

What you first need to know is that roses do not grow true to variety from seed. Every seed grown out will become a new plant variety that has the genetic make up of all of the roses in its parent's make up. So you have no way of knowing what you'll get from each seed.

To get your rose to set hips you must first make sure it is pollinated. You can use a different rose to do that with or just use a brush to self pollinate the bloom. Once that is done you just have to wait to see if it worked and the hip begins to grow.. It takes 90 to 120 days for the hips to form and ripen, Most times the hips will turn red, yellow or orange as they ripen. After they are ripe remove them and cut the seeds out of the hip. Clean them VERY well tp get all of the hip material off.

The seeds need to be stratified then. Wrap them in a damp paper towel and put them in a baggy in the refrigerator for about 6 weeks. Then you can plant them out and wait to see what germinates. Once they get a few sets of leaves on them you can pot them up and let them grow!

Seedling in bloom after 8 weeks.
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Six year old seedling in bloom in my garden.
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gardenfish
Feb 4, 2021 6:36 PM CST
That's good to know! I sure hope the original posters rose can produce hips.
Can you tell by the variety name or pic if it does? Or does the flower just simply need to be pollinated?
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porkpal
Feb 4, 2021 7:34 PM CST
One random comment: it looks as if that rose might be living indoors? Roses are outdoor plants and rarely thrive for long inside.
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Sohamsekhar
Feb 4, 2021 9:19 PM CST
Thank you for all the information people.

Lynda, the rose I have shown, is 'Indian Rose'. I have seen plants of this variety produce hips (though I am not sure how well the seeds germinate😛).

Porkpal, yes you're right. But I have tried to improvise the situation by keeping the plant in my balcony, where it gets at least 5 hours of good sunlight a day on an average, so I hope they'll be alright.
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gardenfish
Feb 5, 2021 2:24 AM CST
Good luck with your seeding efforts! Seil is one of our rose "experts" here. She is very knowledgeable and always gives really good advice. Thumbs up
She's helped me many times, not just about roses, but other plants, too.
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seilMI
Feb 5, 2021 4:00 PM CST
Oh, Lynda, thank you!
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vaporvac
Feb 5, 2021 4:08 PM CST
Well it's true, Seil.😄
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Willinator
Feb 5, 2021 4:26 PM CST
Sohamsekhar said:Thank you for all the information people.

Lynda, the rose I have shown, is 'Indian Rose'. I have seen plants of this variety produce hips (though I am not sure how well the seeds germinate😛).

Porkpal, yes you're right. But I have tried to improvise the situation by keeping the plant in my balcony, where it gets at least 5 hours of good sunlight a day on an average, so I hope they'll be alright.


@Sohamsekhar, if you can get that sunlight up to over 6 hours it would be much better.

I also agree that Seil is the person to talk to as she is a rose hybridizer. She definitely knows
what she is talking about!!



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hampartsum
Feb 6, 2021 7:19 PM CST
vaporvac said:Well it's true, Seil.😄


I absolutely agree! I agree

btw. I just sowed a bag of 'Caroline de Monaco' seeds about a 100 of them ! They had 4 months fridge treatment. Also another of ' Yellow mutabilis'. I have 98 different baggies awaiting.... *Blush* All are bee polinated so they belong to the category of the what ifs... Smiling
My last years try is a daughter of 'Trier 2000'

the seedling keeps on blooming non stop, this its first summer! Quite like the mother but much more floriferous. Also surprisingly fragrant early morning. It still has the size of a pot miniature in a 3 litre pot. The mother is a well sized bush. In gratitude tomorrow its getting a bit of extra fertilizer granules... So this is my second 'keeper'.... *Blush* ( will I ever want to discard any of my babies?.... Hilarious! )
So for those skeptical about starting roses from seeds, one never knows aforehand what will show up!

Arturo

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