In my search for possible roses for my orchard I wondered if among all the beautiful roses that many of you are growing are there any that also give you good hips? I know what I can grow here is limited but it’s interesting to hear about others anyway.
Often there is no mention of possible (or not) hips when I’m looking at rose descriptions (I realize most folks growing roses are not in it for the hips). My one and only Campfire does not also grow hips so I know not all do. I was looking at Bill Reid but no mention of hips so maybe it doesn’t either. I did find a mention finally that said Harrison’s Yellowhad small dark hips. Most just don’t say. Of course, I can just plant for the blooms, too.
I do have a small rugosa seedling that popped up in my orchard that had some nice blooms and nice hips so I transplanted it to a better spot. It was only a foot tall but I might have mowed it down a few times as it didn’t show much amongst the brambles and vegetation. The pink flowers caught my eye this year. It got me thinking about getting another rose that would also produce good hips. Sue