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Rose hybribization

Bradenton, FL(Zone 9a)

Does anyone have any experience getting seeds from cross pollenated roses?

Olive Branch, MS(Zone 7b)

Are you interested in making your own hybrids, or do you just want general information about propagation? Your question is a bit unclear.

Bradenton, FL(Zone 9a)

I want to try to grow hybrids with the plants I already have. You would do it the same way wouldn't you?

Olive Branch, MS(Zone 7b)

Only species roses come true from seeds, and only if they have been pollinated by their own kind. If you plant rose hips from a hybrid, it will not produce roses like the parent plant, as it has many different genes in it that may be expressed, just like human propagation. {G}

If you want to make more of the plants exactly like you have, then you are talking asexual propagation, ususally softwood cuttings rooted, or budwood grafted onto a root stock. Most modern roses are patented for 20 years, so this is technically illegal if the rose is less than 20 years old. If you want to try hybridizing completely new hybrids by taking the pollen from one rose and fertilizing the second rose, then you are getting into a really tricky and time consuming pasttime. Check out this link to the ARS site http://www.ars.org/experts/hybridizing.html and it has information about the Rose Hybridizer's Association. You'll definately be interested in joining that if hybridizing is your goal. Many many folks hybridize roses at an amateur level, and only a very small handful ever produce a rose that is introduced into commerce. I admire anyone who wants to undertake it. Good luck!

Bradenton, FL(Zone 9a)

Yeah, I figured what the heck. Roses had to do it that way in the beginning. I have an orange rose and a lavender one I'd like to try to cross pollenate.

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