'White Wings' ... this flower is over four inches across!
I also took hips from 'Frances Ashton' and 'Thomas A. Edison'.
I wrapped the hips from each rose in a piece of paper from my notebook, to try to keep an accurate record of which rose the hips came from. When I got home from my trip, I tossed the paper packets into the refrigerator, and I promptly forgot they were there. (Rose seeds require winter chill in order to germinate ... we can simulate this by putting them in the refrigerator for two or three months.)
I found the hips in there the other day. Today, I decided to open the packets and see how the hips had fared during their time in the fridge ... October, November, December, January, February ... that's a bit more chill than they needed ... I wonder if they're still any good.
The hips were pretty wrinkly, but seeds inside of them were in perfect condition.
It didn't take long for me to slice open all of the hips and remove the seeds.
I will soak the seeds in water overnight, to soften the hard outer coating a bit. Tomorrow, I can plant them in containers, and wait for them to grow. (Rose seeds take between six and eight weeks to sprout ... sometimes longer.) Every seed contains a combination of the genes from its parents, so each rose plant from these seeds can be unique.
Growing roses from seed is fun and really interesting. (If you want to see my best seedling so far, click HERE to go to a post from last year.)