self seeding -- good roses or bad?

roxanna(z5b MA)September 17, 2012

My Darlow's Enigma seems to have seeded a few nice babies. These are located right under the DE. What are the chances that the babies ARE from the Darlow's Enigma and not just a random wild multiflora rose?? I find it impossibly difficult to distinguish one from the other. I'd like to transplant them IF they are DEs....

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wirosarian_z4b_WI

At this point in their life, it is still hard to distinguish what kind of rose these babies are. If you are interested in trying to see what they are, I would leave them where they are this winter with some winter protection, and then next spring pot them up & hold them in a pot for a year or 2, evaluating them. DE is a "found rose" so there is no info as to its parents but it is classified in some sources as a Hyb. Musk so the babies may not resemble DE if they are the result of self-pollination & remember these babies may have had pollen carried in from another nearby rose so they may only be 1/2 DE.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:57PM
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henry_kuska

We used to sell DE open pollenated seedlings as a fund raiser at our local rose club. They were all different but similar. Everyone seemed to love the one that they purchased.

"Posted by Henry Kuska [email] on Thu, Jun 16, 2005
My open pollinated seedlings are in general as good or better than the original. I donated many small D.E. seedlings to our local rose society for their annual spring plant sale; and they were a very popular item with lots of positive feedback."

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 1:39PM
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kittymoonbeam

Good luck to you. Probably not DE but maybe close enough to make you happy.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 6:34PM
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