Beautiful, robust species, native to Asia, producing a mass of white flowers with a pink blush and lovely contrasting yellow centres in late spring to early summer. These are followed by small, bright red fruits or rose hips which persist well into winter, providing a valuable food source for birds and wildlife. Very useful as a thick barrier hedge and will grow just about anywhere.
Height: to 5m but can be pruned to any size
Flowers: Late spring to early summer
Packet of 50 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of moist seed compost mixed with a little vermiculite and just cover the seeds with vermiculite. Seal inside a polythene bag and place the container in the fridge for 12 weeks. [If sowing a large quantity, mix seeds with the compost/vermiculite and place in a resealable bag in the fridge, then sow into trays or directly outdoors in a nursery bed.] Then move to a temperature of about 14-16C and germination should take place in 1 to 6 months. Throughout this process check regularly and ensure the compost does not dry out. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
Alternatively, sow as above and place in a cold frame or sheltered part of the garden in autumn and let nature take its course – germination will begin in spring. Remember to protect pots from wildlife! I personally find this a very reliable and easy way to germinate seeds.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and grow on in plenty of light but shaded from direct sun. Harden off plants (move plants outdoors during the day and back in at night for 10 days) and plant out when large enough in any position.