Roses are the excellent flower commonly found in most of our gardens. To make our rose plant bloom more the plant should be very healthy.
To make them healthy we have to feed them with good nutrients and minerals. Instead of buying fertilizers from shops we can create our own organic fertilizers with the available ingredients present in the house. It costs very less or no cost .
Let us see the different types of fertilizers for roses:
Use tea bags or tea leaves to fertilize the roses. Tea Leaves makes the soil porous and create a favourable environment for the growth of the plant. Tea Leaves contains tannins. When tannins are added to soil it makes the soil acidic. We know roses grow very well in acidic soils.
We have to collect and dump the used tea bags in our compost and apply them as top dressing or just remove the tea leaves from the bag and spread it on the soil.
Egg shells are excellent source of Calcium and it helps to strengthen the walls of plants. It also helps them by preventing the entry of pathogens. Egg shells strengthens the root cells and allows them to take more nutrients from the soil.
Wash and dry the egg shells thoroughly and crush them into tiny pieces and incorporate them into compost or soil .
Organic fertilizers for roses
Ripe Banana peels are another main kind of fertilizer with lot of nutrients and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium etc. Potassium boosts the immune system and protects against diseases.
You can just drop a banana peel in the soil near to the plant. If you are just planting the roses drop a chopped banana peel in the planting hole before placing the plant in.
White vinegar and apple cider vinegar lowers the pH value of soil and boosts the growth of acidophilic plants like roses.
Fish Bones can be grinder-ed and sprinkled around the rose bushes as bones are rich in vitamins and minerals. We can also bury them into the soil near the roses.
Powdered milk is another product rich in calcium. Hence it promotes roots and foliage growth.Mix two parts of water and one part of milk and spray it over the plant every two weeks once.
Water used for cooking foods can also be used as fertilizer for roses. Because vegetables are good sources of minerals and nutrients.
Fish tank water:
Water in fish tank can be used as a fertilizer. Aquarium water contains nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and ammonia.
Cow dung is also used as a fertilizer for rose plant. It is low in nitrogen and so it won’t burn the tender plants and it has a good balance of nutrients.
Pet foods available at home can also be used as a fertilizer for plants. Mix it with garden soil and water thoroughly. It will decompose naturally adding nutrients to the soil.
Roses in Garden
Steps to remove black spots from roses:
Add one tablespoon of baking soda and half tablespoon of liquid soap with four litres of water and spray it on burn. It may cause burn on leaves so try it on small area and if there is no harm to the plant spray it over the infected area. Repeat it once a week until the black spots are removed completely.
Mix the apple cider vinegar and water . Pour the solution at the base, the top and bottom of the leaves , stems and the canes. Spray in the early morning and once a week until the black spots are completely removed.
How to use the Fertilizer ?
- Use fertilizers mostly before planting and before the roses first bloom.
- Apply natural fertilizer every four weeks during high growth season.
- Stop fertilization 35-40 days before the first Frost date.
Why Organic fertilizer is better than Chemical Fertilizer:
Organic fertilizer slowly breakdown and build the soil releasing nutrients gradually for plant uptake, even if there is excess amount they don’t cause any danger to the environment.
Chemical fertilizers have no function on soil. They are readily synthesized and taken up by plants.if plant does not pick up the fertilizer they get into ground water and to the nearer lands and contaminate it. Hence it causes a big threat to environment.
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