From hips to roses
The process from rosehip to shrub rose is a lengthy and very labor-intensive one.
It takes five years to produce a shrub rose and even seven years in the case of a stem rose.
Ripe rose hips
The ripe rose hips from wild rose hedges are picked in September. After treating the seed from the rose hips (stratification), this seed is sown in rose beds.
The following year, these wild roses (rootstocks) are planted out in rows and cocultured in the summer.
In the spring of the following year, the wild crown is cut off, by pruning the shrub just above the oculation ( scion ).
In the fall, these roses are harvested and sold as bare root roses ( mid-October-Mid April )
or potted in the spring so they are available as potted roses. In the fall, these roses are harvested and sold as bare root roses ( mid-October-Mid April )
Potted roses can be planted year round.