Monday, September 26, 2011

Feeding the Roses


Roses, like most other garden, make heavy demands on the reserves of plant foods in the soil.

If one or more of the vital elements run short, then hunger signs appear in the leaves or flowers and both vigor and display are affected. The answer is to feed your roses every year.

Mulching will provide humus and some nutrients. But extra plant foods will be required, and the basic way to provide them is to use a propriety compound fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphates and potash.

Powder or granular fertilizer
Powder or granular fertilizer is the usual form, sprinkled the plant in spring and summer.

The most famous powder mixture is Tonks Formula, devised about 100 years ago.

A modern version is available as Toprose Fertilizer, which contains magnesium and iron plus gypsum as well as the three major plant foods.

Liquid fertilizers
Liquid fertilizers are available in bottles. An excellent choice for quick and inexpensive treatment. Need regular repeat treatments are necessary during season.

Foliar feeding
Foliar feeding has aroused a great deal of interest and some argument in the rose world.

The specially formulated fertilizer are used to supplement and not replace soil feeding, and have the unique advantage of getting into the sap stream only hours after being sprayed on to the leaves.

A favorite with exhibitors, as trials have shown that the size of blooms is increased as well as the general health of the plant.
Feeding the Roses
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