Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ROSE HIPS


Welcome to the World of Rose Gardening or Rose Gardening World.  Take time and smell the roses.  Roses have been around for millions of years which just prove that roses are not difficult to grow. The Rose is also our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.  Here at Rose Gardening World, you’ll find rose articles that will educate you about roses – its history, rose culture, rose profiles and even rose verses all in one place.  So visit Rose Gardening World often.  

When autumn comes, there is anticipation amongst rosarians to see a different beauty in their rose garden.  The roses are sporting their fruit in several autumn shades.  They come in various shapes: round, oblong or bottled-shaped.  They can range in size from tiny to an inch wide and look like fat red tomato.

Rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant and have been a source of food for human and wildlife.  Rose hips are very high in vitamin C.  Hips from R. rugosa and R. canina taste good in teas, jams and jellies.  Rose hips can be harvested when they are full and ripe and can be used in recipes.  Avoid using rose hips that have been sprayed with chemicals. 

During World War II, rose hips were gathered mostly from R. canina and used as a supplemental diet in lieu of orange juice because it was very high in vitamin C content.  R. Rugosa which was introduced around 1796 is planted extensively for their autumn display of their hips. Rugosas produce large attractive, tomatolike rose hips that are commonly used in the production of vitamin C.  Rugosas is a healthy, disease resistant plant and easy to grow.  R. moyesii has one of the prettiest hips, flagon-shaped measuring 1-1/2” to 2” long with an orange-red color.  Hybrid Musk, ‘Penelope’ has mostly pale green hips and some turn to coral pink.  They are round, cherry red and come in clusters.  There is a large selection of roses which bear beautiful hips.  All you have to do is select the size of the bush you want, the size and shape of the hips and the color of the display.