Organically Fertilizing Roses

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  1. Heidi

    Heidi Member

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    Hello fellow plant lovers. I hope I'm in the right place to ask a question. Although I've gardened for the past 26 years I have only recently (past 2 yrs) planted roses. Last year I used a chemical rose food and the roses were great, but I'd like to achieve the same results using organic methods. Does anyone know a good combination for roses? I've planted a few David Austin, and ruguosa roses. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
     
  2. HortLine

    HortLine Active Member 10 Years

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    Bloodmeal and bonemeal can be used to add nitrogen to your soil, you can mix them with manure or compost. (Supposedly deer don't like blood- and bonemeal, but they seem to still like to munch on my roses.)
    You can use fish compost or water with a fish emulsion to add potassium, using composted or even fresh banana peels will work as well.
    Some garden centres and nurseries will sell organic mixes, you can ask at the centre if they sell a good mix for roses.
    Happy gardening!
     
  3. Monox D. I-Fly

    Monox D. I-Fly New Member

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    Wait, deer eat roses? As in, they actually chew the flowers?
     

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