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What you need:
  • Small brush
  • Identification tag
  • Pollen
To hybridize a rose, pollinate its blossoms with selected pollen from other roses. First, select a blossom that has not fully opened. This important step ensures that the bloom has not been contaminated with any undesired pollen.
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Remove all the petals from the bloom.
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After you remove the petals, carefully remove the stamens, and any residual petals or stamens from the bloom. Leftover pieces may start to decay and spread rot fungi into the rose hip.
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Apply the desired pollen to the exposed stigmas with a clean brush. When pollinating multiple plants with different pollen, thoroughly clean the brush between applications to avoid contamination.
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Document the two plants used in the hybridizing process by attaching a tag to the stem. List the seed parent first, and then the pollen parent.
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After a few weeks, the rose hip will start to swell. It may take up to four months for the hip to ripen. Generally, when the hip turns a reddish-orange color the seed is ready to be extracted.