Rose Fertilizer

Rose fertilizer is a key to beautiful and vibrant roses. Read more to find out all the facts on nutrition.

Plants need certain minerals in order to grow properly. In nature, they usually get these from decaying matter in the soil. However, in your garden, in the process of trimming and cleanup, some of these nutrients may not be present in the soil and can cause your plants to become deficient. You need to find a way to restore the balance.

The key minerals for roses include Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus(P), and Potassium(K) or potash. There are other trace elements that plants need but these are the key ones. There are two ways to get these minerals, via organic or chemical. Organic is usually a combination of compost and manure, and chemical is usually prepackaged.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. Obviously, for organic rose fertilizer, you need access to compost and manure, which are not always quick to make or pleasant to keep! If you make them yourself, they are cheap and they are natural.

For chemical, you can get those from a store or retailer immediately and apply them to your garden. They also tend to be fast acting since they have optimized blends of minerals ready to go. When purchasing chemical rose fertilizer, you'll notice a label that says something like 5-10-5. This shows the % of N, P, K breakdown in the bag. The other %, 80% in this example, is filler. The correct mix can depend on the breed. Using lawn or grass foods and nutrition additives is not recommend as they tend to have a high nitrogen content (30-10-10 or similar). Roses should have a higher phosphorus breakdown (10-20-10). Ideally, you should buy dedicated rose food as the nutrients will be balanced correctly.

Many gardeners are going down the organic route but for plants just starting out or looking deficient some combination of the two types can help.

Head to Pinterest

Copyright© 2006-2015. All rights Reserved.