Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Hi everyone,

I hope that everyone will have a good 2011!

I just finished sowing my rose seeds at the end of December. Usually I wait until around the end of January and sow the seeds directly outside, but this time I had to sow them earlier than normal. It's my fault; I didn't harvest the hips before the first hard frost came, and I was afraid that if I just took the hips and put them in the refrigerator for two months, they might rot.

I hope that they will be ok...

The picture above is one of the seedlings that I have high hopes for (I mark those seedlings with pink tags. :) ).


  1. Hi Peppa,
    Happy New Year!
    I'm nearly ready with sawing too, always doing it end of December, keeping the seedtrays inside at a cool place (basement) until ~ March. But that depends on your climate. Estimate for the early germinators is February, the germinated ones will be repotet if they show their first true leaves and get a brighter place as soon the greenhouse is free of frost.
    Hope you can grow some pretty roses in 2011!


  2. Hi Bernhard,

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks very much for your comment!

    Our climate here is rather mild, and although we go below freezing at night once in a while, it's not that bad. However, when it does get cold, I have so many seedling trays and our garage is so small that I don't have the space to put them all insde. :( At some point I hope to have a big propagation area, but it's just a dream for now.

    I hope that you will have wonderful roses this year too!

  3. It's really cool to see someone growing their own roses from seeds. I hope your varieties turn out amazing!

  4. Hi Eliza,

    Thanks very much for your comments!

    It's very fun to breed roses, and the best thing is that it's like a lottery; you never know what you are going to get! :)

  5. I am enjoying reading your blog. I have never tried growing roses from seeds but I do feel sorry to throw hips away every winter at pruning time. Your roses are lovely, it must be so rewarding to see such beauty and think it is all your own!

  6. Hi Masha,

    Thanks very much for your comments!

    It's very fun to grow roses from seed and you never know what you will get! It's like a lottery, except you never lose anything by trying!

    My first rose that I grew from seed was from OP hips, as well. It was not that impressive, but I was still happpy to see the flower. :)