Rose Types

Fertilizers for Rose Gardening  

Roses feed heavily and excepting a few varieties usually use up almost as much fertilizer used on them. The trick is to use small doses every so often and not large doses at a time.
Having often exhibited at rose shows, I have come across breeders who fertilize their roses everyday. Most regular gardeners cannot afford this time everyday so fertilizing the flowers once a week is a great idea. The fertilizer itself should be a judicious mix of organic and chemical. 

Most rosarians, if pushed, will admit having their own potent organic mixture that is the secret of their rose plants. This is the mixture that leads to the biggest and freshest blossoms. However, whatever mix you plan to concoct for your own rose blooms, you must include within it those two special ingredients without which it would go incomplete. Whatever the formula that you wish to use for successfully attaining healthy rose bushes, your program has to incorporate these two essential components. 

The first of these ingredients is finely powdered alfalfa. Not only is it inexpensive but also all rose exhibitors vouch for its ability to produce more abundant greener foliage and larger sized flowers. When alfalfa disintegrates it gives an alcohol called triacontanol to which produces a great response in the roses. One drink in early spring and the roses are raring to go. It's like a wake up call even as basal breaks form from the bud union leading to new canes. This leads to new growth, an increased amount of vitality and a sturdy new bush. The alfalfa should be absolutely free of sugar and not the ones fed to rabbits. For maximum benefit it should be powdered very finely. You must put two large cupfuls around each bush twice a year. The first should be put in the early spring months. For a rose grown in a container, two tablespoons would suffice. 

The second essential ingredient is Kelp that can be used in either in its liquid or granular form. Since, it is the source of a number of trace elements beneficial for growth rosarians claims that it has almost a magical effect on roses. It is made that flat and rubbery seaweed that entangles motor boats. It has to be made from salt and then applied to rose beds approximately once a year at spring. Then one observes a miraculous change in ones roses. Since it is high in potassium and other important minerals it provides a large supply of growth hormones and enzymes. By making the stem cell walls stronger it allows the roses themselves to become hardier so that they do not lose water easily. Thus the rose buds are protected at times of drought and in colder climates. Kelp is also food for the symbiotic bacteria and micro-organisms present in the soil and this helps the other organic soil additives to flourish. Every spring a small handful is all you need of this magical stimulant. 

The only point that you must remember is that all fertilizers have need of some amount of biological activity and moisture to activate the nutrients so these ingredients must be mixed properly into the soil and water. And they are also self-regulating, almost automatic, as they release the nutrients faster when it is warm and slow down when it is cold. Quite magical.