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Rose Hip/Seed Question

(Zone 9a)

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

Aliso Viejo, CA(Zone 10a)

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)

Thank you, Mike, for the information.

This will be a real adventure!

Aliso Viejo, CA(Zone 10a)


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)

How do you open up the "hip". Do you peel it, or squish it, cut it open? Thanks!

Easton, PA(Zone 6b)

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)

I have heard that the hips have more vitamin c and I have heard of people making jelly ,teas etc.

Easton, PA(Zone 6b)

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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