Unusual seed find

I opened an OP hip the other day and found that there was one seed that was about 1/4 inch and about 20 or so that were less than 1/16th of an inch. Never before have I ever had such a variance in size. It was from an old climber in the rose garden at Point Defiance in Tacoma. Will have to go back later and identify it. Sort of a “Jack and the Beanstalk” deal. Wonder if it will give me a humongus plant? Would the one seed be mature and the rest not? Has anyone else had such a variance?

Hi John, yes, I think this is pretty common. I’ve never had one of these types of seeds germinate but it’s certainly worth a shot. Varieties that produce several seeds per hip tend to be the most fertile in terms of seed viability. Thanks, Robert

I have such large seeds in X gigantea progeny: Emmanuella de Mouchy, and also Senateur Amic gives me often that: 1-4 large seeds per fruit, and few much smaller ones…