If you grow roses in your yard, you know they need tender and loving care. Roses will provide you with years upon years of color, fragrance, and beauty, but you need to nourish them as much as possible. You can buy expensive and chemical filled rose food varieties to treat your plants with, but who wants to do that? Instead, why not try making a batch of your own all natural rose food instead? Take a look below at how to make your own natural rose food that will keep your roses looking great and lasting for years.
DIY Rose Food Recipe
- 1 cup of alfalfa meal
- 1 cup gypsum
- 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup of bone meal
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons basic molasses
- 2 gallons of warm water
- 1 large storage bucket
Some of the items such as the alfalfa, gypsum, and bone meal may not be familiar to you. No worries though, because they are familiar to your local hardware store or gardening center. Just ask and they should be able to lead you in the right direction.
NOTE: If you have a great deal of squirrels in your yard, you may wish to skip the bone meal. It will attract them and cause them to dig.
1. Pour all of the ingredients into your large storage bucket.
2. Add the two gallons of warm water. Warm water works best as it will help the ingredients dissolve and mix together well. Give the bucket a good stir.
3. Allow the mixture to cool before using.
4. When you are ready to apply the food to your roses, pour about ½ a gallon at a time around the base of the roses. You want it to penetrate the roots as much as possible. Allow the food some time to be absorbed before watering. Cover the container when you are not using the mixture. It should stay good for a good two weeks and can be used 1-2 times per week.
See how easy it can be to make your own natural rose food? Create your own batch today and in no time you will enjoy thriving, beautiful roses naturally.