Germinate Sweet Briar Rose Seed
Answered by: Ginny Cotterill
Question from: Bradley
Posted on: April 24, 2011

Please let me know how to germinate these seeds - I would like to plant these Sweet Briar Rose, Rosa rubiginosa by my wife’s grave and i understand that the Ease of Germination: is Difficult/Special Treatment Required

Eglantine (Rosa rubiginosa) or Sweet Briar Rose is a beautiful shrub rose, and is worth the time and effort to grow from seed. The seeds must be scarified. An effective method is to rub the seeds between two pieces of sandpaper to etch the seed coat. Next, your seeds must be stratified. Therefore, place the seeds in damp peat in a baggy. Keep the baggy at at least room temperature, or warmer. The seeds will imbibe the moisture. After 2 or 3 weeks, place the baggy in the refrigerator for between 3-4 months. This imitates the winter season, and helps break down germination inhibitors. After this period, then you may sow the seed in a flat with soil less mix, cover lightly with vermiculite or more soil less mix. Place the flat in a sunny warm area. Water gently and wait patiently. Water occasionally, so that the seeds don’t dry out completely. You will be rewarded in time with beautiful little rose seedlings.

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