I let Pierre Cardin set a few OP hips. They are about 80-85 days in.
About a week ago the ripest hip started to get a slightly darker area, which has now become a large black spot. Is this fungus?
The plant is healthy aside from some fried leaves from the extra-long heatwave we have been experiencing for the last three weeks (thankfully temps are coming down just a little now). There has been no rain at all, but air humidity is on the high side as always here.
I checked for critters but aside from the usual ants, nothing seems to be on this rose or her immediate neighbors.
This morning I cut the hip off in the hopes that whatever it is doesn’t spread to the other hips.
Opening it shows that whatever it was seems to have only affected the surface layer of the hip. The seeds inside were immature, but otherwise looked fine.
Now I am wondering if I should have just left it on? Is this benign or was the hip doomed anyway?