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Rose Hips

Rose Hips have significant nutritional value, and are the source of genetic rose seeds. It forms slowly, at the point of the spent flower bloom. Often, growers will never see it, as they quickly prune off spent blooms to promote more roses.

Some home gardeners do not know that rose hips even exist. When fully mature, rose hips are pods containing seeds to grow new plants. The seeds are what botanists use, as they attempt to develop a new variety of rose or a hybrid.

Rooting of cuttings are the most popular way of propagating roses. Cuttings create a bush identical to the mother plant. To create a new variety or cross, seeds from rose hips are used.

Rose hips have a number of names, including pig noses, hedge-pedgies,  rose haw, and pixie pears. They are also called the fruit of roses.

Did you know? Rose Hips are edible. It is highly nutritious, containing more vitamin "C" than citrus fruit. It was used in Britain during WWII, to help prevent scurvy.

How to Grow Rose Hips:

A lot of home gardeners do not know rose hips even exist. They cut fresh roses for vases and bouquets. Immediately after blooming on the plant, spent blooms are usually deadheaded to encourage the plant to produce new blooms. As a result, home gardeners often do not get the chance to see a the hip develop.

It's easy to grow rose hips. Just do not deadhead spent blooms. Let the spent bloom die off. Underneath it is the hip. It will develop and mature over a number of weeks.

Medicinal/Nutritional  Uses of Rose Hips:

Over the years, Rose Hips have been used to:

  • Fight infection, most notably bladder and urinary infections

  • Reduce stress

  • Treating dizziness and headaches

  • Eliminate trembles

  • Strengthen the heart

  • Prevent scurvy.

The hips are edible . They are a good source of nutrients, most notably vitamin "C". It is commonly steeped in teas. It is also made into jams, jellies, syrups, and sauces.

Harvesting Rose Hips:

Harvest Hips after the first frost, when they turn a bright red color.

Important Note:  Do not harvest rose hips for consumption where pesticides have been used. It defeats the purpose of healthy foods and nutrients. 

Now that you have harvested rose hips, make some Rose Hip Jam.

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