Rosa spp

I will be planting two species of roses in my yard.

The first is Rosa rugosa. This is an invasive species and I do feel a little bit of guilt about planting it, but I have thought long and hard about it and have decided it is the best species for the spot I have chosen for it for the following reasons:

This plant has large, open flowers, unlike other roses with either have dense flower heads or very tiny petals. The petals of Rosa rugosa are perfect for my purposes.
This plant has nice, fat, juicy hips. I will have to share some with the birds & squirrels, but I am sure to at least get enough to suit my needs. According to my research, this is the species with the biggest fruits.
This plant will grow into a thick, thorny hedge which will obscure the neighbor's view of my yard without being obvious that I am trying to obscure the neighbor's view from my yard. I'm just growing roses, right, not trying to be all secretive and stuff.
The thick thorny hedge will also provide cover for wildlife. Particularly the wildlife my cat may wish to harass when they visit the bird feeders. Said cat does not leave the fenced area and she's never outside without human company, but they need protection when they visit inside the fence too. (Though I suppose they could just run out of the fence, but I don't want them giving the cat ideas.)
The spot is near the house and enclosed by the fence, so chances of escape, while not eliminated are minimized.
Rosa rugosa is easy to find and inexpensive, extremely hardy and easy to grow without the use of alot of product.
I could be wrong. The rugosa may prove to be a problem. If so, I will pull them out and replace them with setigera and move the offending rugosa to alongside the driveway, because the salt will not annoy it. I don't do this now because there is no fence there to contain it, and I fear it may be too tall and shaggy for that spot. If that experiment is a failure, I will simply have to end the rugosa.

The second species I would like to plant is Rosa setigera or the prairie rose. It is our native rose.

This is a climbing rose, versus rogusa's bushy habit. The flowers and hips are also impressive and suitable for my purposes, but are slightly smaller, less prolific and less juicy and more seedy than rugosa. It's also slightly less dense and thorny. I haven't decided whether I want to put it in the back 40% garden, by the Circle and the firepit or on my sandy slope, or on the strip of lawn that separate's my neighbor's driveway from mine (probably not there, salt issues) or possibly I will have her climb the far back fence if I can manage to get enough sun back there (neighbor's trees blocking my Southern exposure. ) or possibly on the fence between the kitchen garden and the edible forest garden.


Rose is a Annual plant that grows best in zones 0 through 0

Light requirements: shade 
Soil Requirements: moderately rich
Moisture requirements: dry

Rose is best planted in shade in dry, moderately rich, acidic soil, any soil.


appear in the Winter


appear in the Winter.

Rose is best planted in the Winter for a Winter harvest

Rose is drought tolerant.
Rose is shade tolerant

Growing Rose

Growing Roses

Roses are very thorny. Thick gloves are necessary.

//Rosa rugosa is one of the easiest species of roses to grow. (This is why it is invasive, of course.) It is very tolerant of soil conditions, provided the soil in question is well-drained and gets at least 6 hours of sun. It tolerates salt spray, so it can live alongside a road or driveway that gets treated with salt in the winter. It is also resistant to many diseases that bother other roses. However, it is still susceptible to attack by the Japanese beetle and the aphid and it is highly sensitive to chemical pesticides and may drop its leaves if treated with anything stronger than water.

Rugosa reproduces by suckering aggressively and must be pruned regularly to keep it well-behaved. The best time to prune is in late winter, during a short thaw if you can manage it. Trimming it during the growing season is pretty much impossible. Chop up any suckers and remove any dead branches. Cut away any stems that are getting out of control, right back to the main stem or to the next set of branches back. Every three years or so, give it a good renewal pruning, removing every 3rd or 4th branch right down to the base. Give preference to the oldest branches when selecting branches for removal.
Gloves and eye protection are recommended for this operation.

In the spring, watch for seedlings and uproot them.

Many people like to deadhead their roses to keep them producing all summer. Rugosa will continue to produce regardless, but may produce more if you deadhead them. However, the large orange hips are also very pretty and attractive to wildlife (not to mention delicious) and should be given the opportunity to show off as well.

Uses for Rose

So what will I do with my roses? Lots of wonderful things.
Rose Hip Jelly - Seriously, food of the Gods, you don't even know if you haven't tasted it. Eye-rollingly delicious.
Rose Hip Tea
Rose Petal Jam
Rose Tea
Rose Water
Rose Soap
Rose flavored honey
Rose lip balm
Rose petal lemonade
Rose sugar
Rose body butter
Rose Pete Vinegar
Rose wine?
Rose oil

Clippings & trimmings can be used to make chew toys for the rabbits (once I've cut away all the thorns, of course) and the leaves, hips and petals can be dried for winter fodder.



Potential Pests and Diseases

Rose Folklore

Roses are Mars and Venus plants. I have used rose thorns for hexing, not that I do that anymore, of course. And I have use them for carving candles, though I like hawthorns for that better. I suppose it depends what the candle is for and what's available. Rose petals are always good for love spells, setting the mood, etc and roses make wonderful offerings to Aphrodite, one of the Goddesses I pay homage to.

See also

Element(s): Fire -
Planet(s): Mars Venus
Deities: Aphrodite
Zodiac Signs:

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