therealcrazy8 wrote:So I have decided to grow a couple roses and have selected what I want to grow. They will be enjoyed greatly and they will serve a purpose. I'll be using the peddles and hips for rose water and rose oil.
That all aside I am a noob to all of this but am very excited to get started. The two varieties I have chosen to grow are "The Queen of Denmark" and "Dog Rose" (Rosa Canina). Here are my questions:
1. I have located an online source to buy "The Queen of Denmark" but cannot find a place (especially in the US) that sells Dog Rose.
1a. Do any of you know where I could purchase a Dog Rose?
I am similarly stumped. Are you planning to grow these from seed or nursery division? A-n-d it will help you if you amend your profile or signature block with a nearby city and USDA zone. Lastly very old rose (and dog rose is one a those) often get renamed--look for apothocary rose instead.
therealcrazy8 wrote:1b. I just so happen to have a bag of dried rose hips I recently got from Amazon. Will I need (can I even?) to use one of the seeds to grow my own Dog Rose? If so, how/what do I need to go about doing that? I thought I read somewhere that you need them in the fridge for a period of time.
Rose needs a period of cold with intermitant warm (like being outside through a winter). The generalization for this kind of cold-wet-slumber is cold stratification. For rose seed I set up a pot with soiless mix and tow sow seed. I put a plank on top of the pot to keep critters out and put the pot outdoors in the cold and snow. As spring nears take off the plank, rose will germinate when it gets warm.
Your fridge does not offer the cycles of cold and wet of a winters nap. Plus humans keep fridges tidy, which means your seeds go to the dump.
I grow rose from seed every year ( find very small plants more affordable to give away. I would never try a single rose as a germination trial, their rate is too erratic. Plant 100 seeds over just one.
therealcrazy8 wrote:2a. Once I get my Queen, how should I prep the hole and soil where I will be placing it?
I think that should be it for now. Thank you all for the help.
In full sun, mulch it with wood chips spring and fall.