If you’re looking for a challenge, then look no further than the rose section at your local seed-providing hardware store. The challenge of raising roses from seeds is exactly why most gardeners opt to simply purchase young plants and skip the sprout step. However, that’s not to say that growing roses from seeds is an impossible feat. If you follow these tips on how to grow roses indoor from seeds, you can have your very own garden in no time, and save some serious cash during the growing process.
- Harvesting your seeds from existing plants is the first step to growing roses from seeds. Allow rose hips to form on dead flowers on any bush. These will form when the plant withers, and you’ll need to carefully harvest them to plant later on. You’ll cut these pods open to remove the seeds.
- Place the seeds on a damp material like a wet paper towel and fold them inside, then leave them in your fridge for a couple of weeks. This creates a chilly, moist winter-like environment and encourages the seeds to sprout.
- Use sterile seed starting mix when you first plant the new sprouts. Store bought seeds can be planted immediately, but self-harvested seeds should be planted when they begin to sprout in the previous step.
- Keep the seedlings in soil that’s warm and moist (between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 and 21 degrees Celsius) and the sprouts should become seedlings around a week later.
From here, you can typically take care of your roses as you normally would. Ensure they’re kept in a moist, warm environment and receive plenty of sun each day, even in an indoor environment. Growing roses from seeds inside of your home can be hard, but for those who are willing to take the time, it’s certainly not impossible. Following these steps can have you enjoying beautiful indoor rosebushes in no time, and ensure your seedlings don’t just go to waste or wither away.