are rose hips used for?
have recently moved house and in the new garden are a number of
'rose hips'. I was wondering if you could tell me what rose hips
are used for.
hips are the fruit of a rose that develop after the petals have
fallen. They can be used for making jellies, jams and even tea.
They are very high in Vitamin C, more so than oranges, for example.
In fact, they have up to 60 times the Vitamin C of citrus fruit.
In Britain during World War II they were used to prevent scurvy
during a shortage of citrus fruit.
Rose hips are useful
in winter for providing colour in the garden. They also provide
food for wildlife, and the seeds contained within the hip can be
used for propagation purposes.
They are probably best
grown on roses that bloom only once. That's because with repeat
bloomers you will want to deadhead the flowers to encourage more
blooms. If you cut off the fading blooms, you are also cutting off
the unformed rose hips. If you leave the rose hips on, they will
sap the plant's energy and prevent subsequent flowering of repeat
Rosa rugosa is
an exception to the rule, however. It is a repeat-flowering rose
that can also produce green and red rose hips at the same time as
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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