Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing.
We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
Tips for propagation by Seed: Most rose seeds often take one to two years to germinate because of an immature embryo and a hardened seed coat. To reduce the waiting period, scarify the seed, then cold stratify for 30 days, then place in damp peat at a temperature of 80 to 90 degrees for four to five months by which the seed should began to germinate. Place the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle.
Due to the difficulty in germinating some of these seeds, we make no warranty other than to replace seeds that do not germinate.
Fruit eaten raw or cooked. It can be used in making delicious jams, syrups etc. The syrup is used as a nutritional supplement, especially for babies. The fruit can also be dried and used as a tea. Frost softens and sweetens the flesh. The fruit is up to 1 inch diameter, but there is only a thin layer of flesh surrounding the many seeds. Some care has to be taken when eating this fruit, see the notes above on known hazards. The seed is a good source of vitamin E, it can be ground and mixed with flour or added to other foods as a supplement.
Be sure to remove the seed hairs. The dried leaves are used as a tea substitute. A coffee substitute according to another report. Petals are eaten raw or cooked. The base of the petal may be bitter so is best removed. Eaten as a vegetable in China.
The petals are also used to make an unusual scented jam.
The plant is high in certain antioxidants. The fruit is noted for its high level of vitamin C, and is used to make syrup, tea, and marmalade. It has been grown or encouraged in the wild for the production of vitamin C from its fruit (often as rose-hip syrup), especially during conditions of scarcity or during wartime.
The species has also been introduced to other temperate latitudes. During World War II in the United States, Rosa canina was planted in victory gardens, and can still be found growing throughout the country, including roadsides and in wet, sandy areas along the coastlines. In Bulgaria, where it grows in abundance, the hips are used to make a sweet wine as well as tea. In the traditional Austrian medicine, Rosa canina fruits have been used internally as tea for treatment of viral infections and disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract.
The hips are used as a flavouring in Cockta, a soft drink made in Slovenia. Forms of this plant are used as stocks for the grafting or budding of cultivated roses. The wild plant is used for stabilising soil in land reclamation and specialised landscaping schemes.For zones 4-8.