One way to grow roses is from the seeds they
produce. Propagating roses from seed take a little time, but is easy to do.
Let’s take a look at what it takes to start growing roses from seed.
Starting Rose Seeds
Before growing roses
from seed, the rose seeds need to go through a period of cold moist storage
called “stratification” before they will sprout.
Plant the rose bush seeds approximately ¼ inch deep
in a seed-planting mix in seedling trays or your own planting trays. The trays
need not be more than 3 to 4 inches deep for this use. When planting rose seeds
from various rose bush hips, I use a separate tray for each different group of
seeds and label the trays with that rose bushes name and planting date.
The planting mix should be very moist but not
soaking wet. Seal each tray or container in a plastic bag and place them in the
refrigerator for 10 to 12 weeks.
Planting Roses from
The next step how to grow roses from seed is to
sprout the rose seeds. After having gone through their “stratification” time,
take the containers out of the refrigerator and into a warm environment of
around 70 F. (21 C.). I do my best to time this for early spring when the
seedlings would normally be coming out of their cold cycle (stratification)
outside and starting to sprout.
Once in the proper warm environment, the rose bush
seeds should start to sprout. The rose bush seeds will usually continue to
sprout over the course of two to three weeks, but probably only 20 to 30
percent of the rose seeds planted will actually sprout.
Once the rose seeds sprout, carefully transplant the
rose seedlings into other pots. It is extremely important not to touch the
roots during this process! A spoon may be used for this seedling transfer phase
to help keep from touching the roots.
Feed the seedlings with half strength fertilizer and
be sure they have plenty of light once they start to grow. The use of a grow
light system works very well for this phase of the rose propagation process.
The use of a fungicide on the growing rose seeds
will help keep fungal diseases from attacking the rose seedlings at this
Do not over water the rose seedlings; over watering
is a major killer of seedlings.
Provide a lot of light as well as good air
circulation to the rose seedlings to avoid disease and pests. If disease does
set in on some of them, it is probably best to eliminate them and keep only the
hardiest of the rose seedlings.
The time it takes for the new roses to actually
flower can vary greatly so be patient with your new rose babies. Growing roses
from seed can take some time, but you will be rewarded for your efforts.
All seeds will come in a resalable
plastic zip lock bag wrapped in a protectant so the seeds are not damaged by
shipping machines. All seed packets contain no fillers or other weeds or seeds
mixed in. Most have been harvested by hand & all test at a high germination
All seed counts should be considered estimates as the seeds is
packaged by hand, there is 2-3 more or less in a bag. We do our best to
ensure accuracy and will often add extra seeds. However, all estimates are
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All seeds have been test sown to ensure germination.
Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your
seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing
instructions can be found under each listing.
We Cannot Guarantee how much you will be able
to grow, as too many variables come into play, soil condition, your ability to
garden, weather etc. I guarantee that they arrive as described and are in good
viable condition and the germination rates are accurate.