Harvesting Rose Hips

ksammie3(z6 Pa)July 15, 2008

My white rugosas, which are in their third year this year, have set some absolutely lovely hips. I want to harvest them dry and use in teas this winter.

All of the online sources recommend harvesting the hips after a frost, but some of the hips on the bushes are ripe right now.

Does anyone know if I should go ahead and harvest the ripe ones now or leave them on the bush until fall? My condern is that if they are ripe now, they won't last until fall.

There is another round of flowers coming out now that will probably set a good amount of hips that will be just right when the frosts hit.

Any suggestiosn about the hips that are ripe now would be appreciated.

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What color are they? If they are either orange or red I would pick them. If the stems right under the hip are yellow, definitely pick them because they are ready to fall off and the squirrels and birds will get them before you do.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 3:59PM
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What do hips look like? Does anyone have a picture?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 5:04PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

aggie, for you:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 9:59PM
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proudgm_03(6 MO)

I couldn't get that link to work. Maybe this one will.


    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 11:59AM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

From some rugosa hip collecting I did three years ago, I found that taking them when they are red orange and air drying (hot sunlight, with air flow) worked well. Leaving them on the bushes just led to shriveled up problems with fungal additives.
I can get two to three harvests a year. Depending on how late fall persists, You should get two, at least.
(If you get lots of really fat hips with lots of meat, they make a good rose jam. )

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 12:38PM
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Thanks for the links! Why haven't my roses ever produced hips? What do the roses use hips for, and what can we do with them?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 10:51PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

The hips are the seed pods. You can harvest those pods when they ripen, cut them open and find rose seeds. If the rose is a hybrid, you'll get some unknown rose, it will probably not look like the parent rose that the hips came from. Only with species roses do you get new plants from seeds that are true to the variety.

Also, if you have heard of rose hip tea or rose hip jelly, these are the hips that they are talking about. Some roses produce better tasting hips than others.

A lot of modern hybrids don't set hips. They dry up before maturing.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 7:49AM
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teresa_b(z6 MO)


What types of rugosas do you have? Mine never set hips!


    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 9:38PM
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