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quixoticgeek



Joined: 23 Dec 2008
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Location: Canterbury
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 8:59 pm    Post subject: Rose hip ripening  Reply with quote    

Am watching with interest the local hedgerows for their rosehips. I tried to pick some the other day, but they were solid, and didn't want to come off the plant.

How do I tell if the rose hips are ripe?

I'm surprised that everything is about 3 weeks earlier this year than previous years.

Julia

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24550
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I always wait until immedieately after the first frost.

quixoticgeek



Joined: 23 Dec 2008
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Location: Canterbury
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
I always wait until immedieately after the first frost.


That doesn't work down here in Kent. The first frost can be long into November by which all the fruit on all the trees has fallen off.

Julia

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah: yes. Mind you that would have heppened here last year: we hardly had any frost at all.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43924
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mochyn wrote:
Ah: yes. Mind you that would have heppened here last year: we hardly had any frost at all.


It's usually like that here, we've only picked once but we just waited till they were a bit squishy, try eating it (the red bit) if it's sweet and non astringent then I'd say good to go

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5837
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I pick when they come off easy enough and freeze, to mimic a good frost!

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
Posts: 933
Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have loads of huge rosehips around here and no idea what to do with them apart from syrup....any ideas please.

Mo.XX

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 8726

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 14 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Use them as part of a hedgerow jam.

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