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Salish Sea gardens and landscapes

Nootka rose seedlings


In late September I collected Nootka Rose hips from the bluff above Puget Sound at the Kingston Ferry. I squeezed the seeds out of the hips and surface planted them in 4″ pots. I left them uncovered, outside in full sun all autumn and winter. The seeds germinated in late January and early February. Previously I read wild rose seeds can take up to two years to germinate, but these were really quick and easy. It looks like there’s a mix of red and green stems, so it will be interesting to look for genetic diversity as they grow. I’m already excited to do more next year.

Nootka rose seed germinating

Nootka rose seed germinating

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