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Hi I'm going to cross two roses and just wondered whether after pollinating the mother rose I should cover it for some time and for how long? My worry would be that it may be pollinated again by an insect! Any advice please? Thanks

..not everyone bothers to cover them it seems, but I would... until the hip forms [if it does] and changes colour to a red or orange...'s funny you should mention this..we must be thinking on same lines as I was going to attempt this myself....I tried it once before years ago but it didn't take... I aim to have another go armed with more information this time...  best of luck with yours..

I'm going to follow this American advice here, which seems quite straight forward and comprehensive...

Thanks Salino That's really helpful. I think I will cover it!

Thanks very much for the advice Mike!  I will go with isolation then!  

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