Want to create a beautiful wreath for your entrance door? Have some rose plants in your garden and are searching for ways to use them once the plant blooms? From alluring wreaths to colourful decorations to rose hip tea, you can preserve and then use them for home decor in various ways.
Let’s see how to preserve rose hips for decoration in easy and simple ways in this guide.
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Rose Hips – A Brief Introduction
After a rose plant sheds its flowers, rose hips are the tiny spherical fruit left behind. Rosehip has its second large appearance in autumn, following the luxuriant flowers. The fruit is often small in size & is present on the stem.
Occasionally, they are the size of table tennis balls. The colours range from brilliant orange to deep crimson to nearly black. They are best harvested from late September through mid-October.
You may increase the durability by treating them & using floristry techniques. They can also be preserved & used as decorations for weeks or months or even years in one form or another after harvesting.
Since the colourful fruits occur in different shapes and sizes, they are ideal for lovely autumnal decorations. Whether you use them to decorate coats, create bouquets, use them in floral arrangements or even table decorations, the little red rose buds are perfect everywhere.
The size & colour vary according to the species of roses. For every decoration, you’ll find the perfect rosehip. They are edible & they are also highly appreciated for their nutritional benefits, mainly as they are a source of vitamin C.
However, they include tiny hairs that might cause skin and gastrointestinal discomfort, so they have to be treated accordingly before their use. There are a lot of methods you may learn to use for preserving them (drying, pickling & converting them into jelly).
1. Select the rose hips when vivid orange or red.
Leave the rugosa roses on if you own a rose bush rather than plucking the rose petals off. When the petals are falling & the fruit becomes orange or red, you may select yours by grabbing them & twisting them a little.
Select them on a dry day to avoid infecting them. Start the drying phenomena as soon as possible after picking to prevent them from becoming brown. You can harvest them at the time of year when the roses have just blossomed.
2. Harvest after the first frost.
After the first frost, the rosehip‘s cell walls begin to crumble; thus, the fruit becomes sweeter. This is the period when they are said to be at their peak. If you wait too long, then they may acquire brown patches.
3. Pinch them.
They are linked to the stem & the flower at each end. Pinch and twist the green portion on either end to remove them.
4. Rinse them.
Wash them with boiling water thoroughly. While you should not use wild rose hips treated with non-organic chemicals, washing them with water, in the event of any contaminants in the environment, including pollution, pesticides remains a good idea.
5. Sort them.
Throw the buds of rosa canina away that are broken & fragile or have brown stains or other defects. These may be rotten or infected with insects. Using fresh rose hips for decoration purposes is the best.
How to dry rose hips
1. Cut every one of them in half.
Keep each one on a level surface between your thumb & fingers. Use a tiny paring knife to cut the pink hip neatly in half. Some individuals would rather scoop the seeds out of seed pods to eliminate the hair. However, it takes time & it isn’t essential if you will sift them once they’re dried.
2. Spread them on a parchment paper
Spread them in a flat layer. Ensure that they are evenly laid in a single layer. The parchment paper helps to remove moisture as rosehip dries.
3. Leave them to dry for 10 days.
They dry best in direct sunlight. Once they start to become firm, dark, and wrinkled, they are ready. You may put them in the oven on a cookie sheet at the lowest setting if you have to dry them faster or use a dehydrator.
4. Sift in a sieve to remove the hair.
Sift the dried rosehips to eliminate hair present inside. Put them in a fine sieve & then shake or tap the sieve so that the thin hair falls.
5. Store them dried.
If kept correctly in glass jars or airtight jars, they should survive for around 1 year. The colder the storage, the longer they last. Try storing them in airtight containers, if you want them to last for up to two years. They do well in a cold, dark place.
DIY preserving rose hips using vinegar
1. Prick fresh rose buds with a pin.
You’ll have to leave the fruit of the rose intact when using vinegar to preserve them. Pop through the fresh rosa rugosa with a tiny pin, so that the vinegar may readily permeate the fruit. Try not to smash the fruit.
2. Add them to a tight cork bottle.
You will need a firmly sealed bottle with a cork. A plastic container with a tight cover can also be used. If the bottle has a small neck, you may have to add rose buds one by one.
3. Pour chilled vinegar (1 cup) over them.
Pour one cup of white vinegar or glycerin over the rosehip inside the bottle. This will allow you to store them for a long time. This will preserve their vitamin c content as well.
4. Let the mixture rest for 5 weeks.
Keep the container securely closed until the vinegar or glycerin penetrates them. Let the bottle shake vigorously to help evenly blend the flavours once or twice a week. The best way to store the combination is under direct sunlight.
5. Pass the mixture through a sieve
Hold a mesh strainer & then gently pour the solution into the second container. This should collect any loose hair, and will separate them from the vinegar. Rinse them. They are good to go for years to come!
How to use rose hips for decoration?
Wondering the same thing we do? Here are four unique ways to use them in your fall decor.
1. Wall Decorations
Gather some fresh ones & insert the stems into a craft store-bought willow wreath. Sprinkle the rose buds with water to help them retain their plumpness.
2. Table Decorations
They are among the easiest to find if you live near the shore. It’s the best option to use for table decors. For a unique festive napkin ring decoration, you can cut longer stems and place them into a knotted string.
3. Design a Bouquet
If you have a lot, then grabbing a bunch & putting them in a vase is probably the best way of utilising them. For a “fresh from the garden” feel, use additional seasonal items such as fresh or dried leaves.
4. Make a Wreath
A foam wreath, berries, and pruners are all you need to make a rosehip & hawthorn berry wreath. Simply poke the stems of densely packed rose buds & hawthorn berries into the foam to cover the shape, and you are done with it.
Alternatively, string them on wire formed into a circle and hang them from a ribbon to make a lovely little rosehip wreath.
Rose plants not only bless us with luxurious, alluring rose blossoms but also give us these beautiful fruits that can be used for various purposes. You can dry and preserve them and then use them in various home decor projects.
You can preserve them by drying, freezing, or stewing them. We have discussed a few methods for preserving them above. Go through them and learn how to preserve rose hips for decoration in easy ways.
Here’s to a well-decorated place, folks!