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(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2001
9:27 PM

Post #3079

OK rose experts. I need to know when rose hips are ripe to collect seeds? I've heard that seeds are ripe even though the hips are not brown/mature. Other sources say they must be fully mature and beginning to split.

I am anxious to try growing from seed and need all the help you can give.

Many thanks in advance
Fremont, CA

March 31, 2001
9:30 PM

Post #63973

Hi Paula,

The best time to harvest rose hips is when they have begun to change color from green to either yellow, orange, red or brown, depending on the particular rose.

I have harvested hips even when they are green and had some success, though I wouldn't recommend it. The more colored they are, the more and better-developed seeds you will get.

Have fun collecting rose seed.


(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2001
11:05 PM

Post #64339

Thank you, Mike, for the information.

This will be a real adventure!
Fremont, CA

April 2, 2001
9:16 PM

Post #64723


If you do collect, the rose seeds will probably need to stay in the fridge for awhile. After I collect my hips, I clean the seeds and stick them in damp paper towels and in labeled plastic baggies. They usually germinate in the fridge.

Good luck!

Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6369914

How do you open up the "hip". Do you peel it, or squish it, cut it open? Thanks!
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #6401896

Will the seed still be viable after a freezing winter? I am going to try some Austin Wildeve and see. What is one more pot of seeds in the grand scheme of things...
Ranburne, AL
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2009
1:26 AM

Post #7015238

I have heard that the hips have more vitamin c and I have heard of people making jelly ,teas etc.
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #7201501

Seeds from the hips after a freezing winter didn't germinate for me. I am trying some ripe seeds by the refrigerated paper towel method. I will keep you posted on their progress.

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