Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds
Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds

Rugosa Rose Beach Rose Rosa rugosa 20 Seeds

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The Rugosa Rose is native to northern China, Korea and Japan. It is a bristly, prickly, sprawling, suckering shrub rose that typically grows in a rounded form to 4-6' tall and as wide. It will over time spread by suckers to form dense thickets. Odd-pinnate dark green leaves (each with 5-9 leaflets) turn yellow (sometimes a quality orange-red) in fall. Each leaflet (to 2" long) has pronounced veins, a wrinkled appearance, serrated edges and downy undersides. Fragrant flowers are rose pink to white (to 3 1/4" across). Flowers are primarily single (5 petals), but are semi-double or double in some varieties and hybrid cultivars. Flowers appear singly or in clusters. Flowers primarily bloom from late May to July, with some additional scattered bloom to early fall. Flowers are followed by fleshy, edible, tomato-shaped hips (to 1" diameter) which appear green but ripen to bright red by late summer and persist on the shrub until late fall sometimes extending into winter. Hips are used to make jams and jellies (rose hip jam). Stems are covered with abundant sharp thorns, making this an excellent impenetrable hedge. Ability to thrive in sandy seashore habitats combined with tomato-shaped hips led to the additional common names of beach tomato and sea tomato for this shrub. Because of its tolerance for salt and sand, this rose has been planted along ocean shores to help stabilize beaches/control beach erosion. Many varieties and hybrid cultivars (single to double flowers in colors of pink, purple or white) have been developed.

Best grown in moist, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loams in full sun to part shade, but this rose is also very adaptable to somewhat poor soils, including sandy, clay or gravelly ones. Best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun. Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Avoid overhead watering. Excellent drainage is one of the keys to growing this shrub well. Avoid wet soils. It is very tolerant of salt spray. Rosa rugosa is noted for having excellent disease resistance. Garden Uses. Hedge (impenetrable due to abundant sharp thorns). Screen. Specimen. Banks. Cottage gardens. Sandy soils. Beaches/dunes for erosion control. Hardy in zones 2-7.

Growing Instructions for the Rugosa Rose

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seed in water for 24-48 hours. 3. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 1-2 months. 4. After the stratification of the seeds, place the seeds in small, growing pots filled with pre-watered soil. A mix of garden soil and peat moss works well. Plant the seeds 1 inch apart, cover with 1/4 inch of soil and place in a sunny location. Be sure to keep the soil moist and never let it dry out as it can kill the seeds. 5. When the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves, they can be transplanted outside after the risk of frost has passed.