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How do roses reproduce in the wild?

Asked by mjtan (19points) September 19th, 2008

And so, aside from cutting, how else can we grow them?

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tWrex's avatar

Yaargh, ya need ta get em all thorny.

Harp's avatar

Roses produce seed. What we call “rose hips”, the round bulb left when the flower’s petals fall, will hold the rose seeds when they mature in the Fall.

In the case of domestic roses, the only folks who try to grow from seed are hybridizers who are developing new varieties. If you try to grow a rose from the seed of one of your garden roses, the offspring rarely look like the parent, and are often not very attractive. That’s why cuttings are typically used; they always produce a plant exactly like the parent.

Left to reproduce from seed, the offspring of a hybrid rose will revert to something resembling a wild rose within a few generations.

marinelife's avatar

Rose hips are full of viatmin c. Birds love them as food (how they spread). They also make great tea.

WifeOfBath's avatar

Some old fashioned rose varieties like the Gallica rose species eg. Charles de Mills, Rosa Mundi and Bell de Crecy, spread by underground suckers, is some of the hardiest roses, will grow in most rose soils and would survive with absolutely no maintenance whatsoever.

In other instances in the wild, birds would eat some of the rose hip pips, excrete them via dropping and when the rainy season starts and seeds are now dry and cocooned in the droppings, they will start to grow into said cultivar, or it may even in rare occasions be a mutation of the cultivar..:)

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