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Wild roses not only look very beautiful, they also produce a lot of rosehips. Here are the most important tips for the care and harvest of rosehips.
Rosehips have a high vitamin C content
The classic, strongly scented wild rose, which can be planted excellently as a 1.5-meter-high shrub or as a hedge-proof hedge, bears very vitamin-rich rosehip fruits. The easy-care varieties dog rose, vinegar rose and apple rose / potato rose have now been cultivated so far that they thrive easily in almost every sunny to partially shaded spot.
While in the summer - from about June - the soft pink to intensely pink blooms of the wild roses delight their viewers, red orange rose hips emerge in late summer. The best harvest time (September to November) has come when the fruit shell gives way a little at finger pressure. The rosehips are harvested as whole fruits, processed into jam, or a dried tea is made from the dried peels.
The advantage of sweet-sour-tasting rose hips lies in the high vitamin C content, which is especially effective in winter or against colds. In addition, the wild roses are an important factor for the conservation of wild bees.
Prickly wild roses come with almost all soil conditions clear and usually require no extra fertilization. Only in spring and autumn do they tolerate a light compost fertilizer, which should be well incorporated into the soil. In this context, the soil can also be loosened up.
After harvest, the wild rose can be cut if necessary. Since wild roses are hardy, they do not have to be specially protected in winter - unlike peonies. Even wild roses are hardly ever infested with pathogens.