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rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

i just found what i'm sure must be a rosa rugosa hip in the bottom of the pram that i picked up off the ground (from near a lot of rosa rugosa!) from a country park in dorset when we visited in laws,i've just put it on the windowsill, i'd like to try to grow from seed, how should i go about it?



  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Hi Rose, try this site from Garden guides. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    You can sow them now and leave them outside or sow them in late winter rosemummy. They're very easy and flower very quickly. Half my last lot flowered in the first year from seed.

    The most prolific germination of rose seeds I've had was after making rosehip wine. Boiling water poured on the hips, soaked for about a week and then tipped on the garden. Next spring, a mini forest of rose seedlingsimage

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    wow! thanks nut, probably won't be making the wine but i may well soak them though they'll have to be in pots, i'd forget where i put them otherwise!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    I do mine in pots RM. Too weedy here to do otherwiseimage 

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Hi Nut Can you expand on that r/hip wine you do as we get loads of big hips as there lining our outside of the garden and are a cracker of a rose ,id love to do something with them,also if i want to grow from seed do you let the hips dry out  or straight from the hip of the bush imagecheers 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    Alan that's going back so far. I'll see if I can find the recipe.It wasn't that great and you might like to add something else to it. A bit 'rose hip syrup with a bite'

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    many thanks Nut cheers ,raining in Norfolkimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    I forgot, I need reminders all the timeimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,791

    Hi Alan

    My measurements were never very accurate but it's about 2lb of fruit and a bag of sugar to the gallon.

    Crush the hips and put them in a lidded container (I had a 5gall brewing bucket), cover with boiling water and leave for a day. Next day and the yeast and sugar and anything else that's going in. One of my recipes said an orange and a lemon but I don't think I used them. Mix it all up and leave for a week, then strain into an air-locked fermenter. 

    This is the point where all those seeds go on the garden.

    I don't like sweet wines, my recipe says 3lbs of sugar but that's too much for my taste.

    Enjoy itimage

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Careful what you wish for RM, they are beautiful thugs image
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