Growing Roses from Seed

October 31, 2011

Rose StartGrowing roses from seeds can be a bit tricky and requires a great deal of patience. As rosemom mentioned, the seeds may not produce the same plants as the "mother" since most roses in garden centers are hybrids. Some of the prettiest roses have been "accidents" though.


A number of years ago I found rose seeds in the Thompson and Morgan catalog and decided to give it a try. The catalog cautioned that germination was slow and only a small percentage would germinate.

I filled my containers with a good potting soil, and buried the seeds to the proper depth. I misted the seeds with water, covered them with plastic wrap, and placed them under gro-lights. Misting with an aerosol bottle is key when starting seeds, since you don't want to drown the seeds and too much water in the soil will make them rot. The mister also doesn't disturb the soil.

Keep the plastic on the pots until you start to see green shoots appear. Again, it could take many weeks and even a few months, but just be patient. I had 4 roses germinate and when they were only about 6" high they produced buds. The buds were very tiny, but absolutely perfect examples of pink mini hybrid tea-type roses. I waited a few months and planted them in my garden with my other mini roses.


This is over 10 years ago and they are still growing. The key with any plant that is more difficult to start from seed is to be patient and not give up. Just have fun and enjoy the process, and if it doesn't work the first time keep trying.

By Lilly M from NW MI

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October 9, 2004

Can anyone tell me if you can grow roses from seed. I have been gardening for a few years and only just the other day noticed seeds falling from my rose bush. I did not know roses even had seed.



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October 12, 20040 found this helpful
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Here are some good articles that has a lot of information about it:


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By rosemom (Guest Post)
January 6, 20091 found this helpful
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Yes, you can! :) Some roses form hips, (the little balls after the rose fades), and inside there are seeds. When the hip is ripe (reddish color) pick it and carefully cut it open. There are the seeds! :) Not all the seeds will grow, but it is interesting to see what you get especially when you grow seed from a hybrid rose (most of what you buy at the stores are hybrids, so the "babies" will generally not look like the parent plant. Good Lick! :)

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October 29, 20110 found this helpful
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As rosemom said the seeds may not be the same as the "mother" plant, but that is not all bad. Many new roses started as "accidents". Many years ago I ordered some rose seeds from Thompson & Morgan; the only catalog I found that actually had rose seeds. The catalog did state that the germination is very slow and not all seeds would germinate and produce roses.


I was patient and did have 4 roses grow and bloom. They were pink mini roses and they actually bloomed when the plants were only about 6 inches high. Perfect little rose buds and roses. After they were a few months old I planted them in my garden. They are still growing and beautiful and this has been over 10 years. The key with starting plants from seeds is...don't give up and keep trying new things and have fun.

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August 21, 2016

Will there be rosehips from rose cuttings? If there is, can its seeds be use for planting?


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

This sound delightful! I think it depends on the cultivar, whether they will have seeds or not. A lot of commercial cultivars don't because they want you to go out and buy the seeds


in any event, here's a guide on how to do it, when it is possible:
"Cut each rose hip open carefully with a knife and dig out the seeds, again placing them in containers with the name of the rose bush they came from. Once the seeds have all been removed from the rose hips, rinse the seeds off to remove any of the pulp from the rose hips still on them"

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

The best way to propagate roses is to get a cutting and put it in rooting hormone. Seeds are not as successful for the amateur gardener.

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May 15, 2012

Can you grow roses from seeds?

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June 27, 2010

I have taken some of the wild rose bush round balls off the bush and someone told me if I let them dry out I can use these to plant a rose bush in my back yard. Is this true and if so how would I go about doing this?

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By Gloria Barnes from Dresden, ME

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