by John Mattia
All photos courtesy of John Mattia
The Connecticut Rose Society will offer our members the opportunity to grow self-pollinated rose seeds this winter. We will provide seed-containing rose hips at either our October or November meeting (depending when they are ripe for picking) and you can take some home to grow new roses from seeds over the winter months.
Andy Vanable will give a short demonstration on how to grow rose seeds at either the October or November meeting once the hips are harvested. The demonstration will include information on how to extract the seeds from the hips, refrigeration of the seeds prior to planting, and the materials and techniques needed to grow the seeds. Our monthly meeting notice will announce when the hips will be available. What needs to be done once we distribute the rose hips at a meeting:
- Take the hips home and remove the seeds from the hips.
- Plant the seeds in shallow growing trays filled with sterile soil.
- Refrigerate them six to eight weeks.
- Remove the trays from the refrigerator.
- Place them under grow lights or in a sunny window until the seeds sprout.
- Transplant sprouted seedlings into individual small pots.
- Take care of them and watch them grow.
- Next spring you can then grow them outdoors as your own rose babies.
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