I have a beautiful rose which has large hips appearing. It also has some dead rose blooms which I would normally dead head but now I am confused, do I leave them to become hips or do I dead head? Would appreciate your thoughts, thank you.
Hi I made a rose hip syrup last year and used it to drizzle over puddings and ice cream . Does not take long to make and again you can use up your garden produce. You will find a recipe on google easily as I am on holiday and don't have the information at hand
The main purpose of dead-heading is to encourage repeat flowering roses to produce more blooms.
At this time of year that's unlikely to happen, so I would leave the hips on the bush to feed the birds in the winter
Dear Mulberry Badger. My wife (whose name is also Rose, by the way, but there the coincidence ends - she is not beautiful) also has large hips. Dead-heading her will be misunderstood, as I know from bitter experience. As for 'making syrup' - one shudders at what one suspects is a vulgaris euphemism. Best regards
Hi, Mr. Busch, I hope your wife doesn't read the Forum or she might be tempted to do some headheading of her own. I laughed anyway.
Think I will go with Doves advice and leave well alone.
My husband has recently taken to making our own icecream so perhaps I will try the syrup too.
Thank you all.