How to Germinate Seeds From a Rose Seedpod


Germinating rose seeds that you gather from the seedpods, or hips as they are known, is an easy project. You may be surprised, however, with the type of rose that you end up with--it will not be a replica of the parent. It also may not bloom for a few years, or it may bloom right away. If you are feeling adventurous, however, you may just end up with a new variety and be the hit of the local rose club.

Step 1

Mix together equal parts of perlite and sand and moisten it well. Stir it around as you pour water over it to make sure it is uniformly moist. Fill the nursery pots with the soil.

Step 2

Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep and cover with a layer of moist sand.

Step 3

Cover the pots with plastic wrap or place them in plastic bags and put them in the refrigerator for six weeks.

Step 4

Remove the pots from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Place the pots in a sunny area and keep the soil moist by squirting it with water from the misting bottle. The rose seeds should sprout within eight weeks.

Step 5

Transplant the seedlings into one-gallon nursery pots, filled with standard potting soil, when they reach 6 inches in height.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting pots, 4- to 6-inch and 1-gallon
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Plastic wrap or bags
  • Spray bottle


  • Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society: How to Grow Roses From Seed
  • Raindrop Laboratories: Germinating Rose Seeds
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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