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B3B3 Posts: 24,505
I have some rose hips still on a bush that has flower buds too. The hips are very attractive so I left them.
Will their presence affect the number of flowers I get? If yes, is it to late to do anything about them?
Don't know the variety bush with prolific pink flowers and bright red hips
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose Posts: 574
    Could it be a wild rose, e.g. Rosa Canina, the dog rose? That has pale pink flowers and wonderful hips. I have one growing through tree and I leave the hips on.

    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,706
    I noticed my Celebration rose still has hips on too, did wonder if they should be removed. And yes it has buds too.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,505
    No it's definitely not a wild rose. Anyway, I did a half and half job a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure what to do with the remaining hips. One or two flowers appearing now so maybe I'll leave the hips and see what happens. It would be good to know if hips affect flower bud production though.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Wild roses in hedgerows have no-one to take off the hips, the birds leave some uneaten, and the flowers still bloom!
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 790
    We have an Eglanteria which has lots of simple dog-rose type blooms followed by pretty red hips. All the hips have gone over by now although some remain on the bush, dried out and brown. I never bother about trimming them off and we always get lots of flowers.
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,505
    Good news😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,779
    I would think a certain amount of the plant’s energy is going into the production and ripening of seeds within the hips, with wild roses their aim is reproduction and the flowers are a means to an end. With garden roses, we want as many blooms as possible, hence deadheading to encourage the rose to produce more. Logically, deadhipping would do the same, but no idea if it’s a significant effect. Or not. Be interested to know, as I have a few new roses that have hips.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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