Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: between the silence of the mountains, and the crashing of the sea....
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I have about 175 rose bushes, and I'm still learning new tricks.
One thing my roses seem to love is a mix of alfalfa meal, seaweed extract, composted chicken manure, fish emulsion, beer, and epsom salts. I make a "tea" of these things in the wheelbarrow, let it settle for a day, then pour it on by the bucketfull. Since you dont have as many, this may not be practical
in such quantities, why not get a small box of alfalfa meal and make a tea of it, then pour it on--I'm told that alfalfa has an alcohol in it that roses like when they break down, plus slow release nitrogen.
BTW--my kids call this mix "dukey tea."
Sometime try the rose "Queen Elizabeth". She's been around since 1953, and she is indestructable...mine can reach 8 feet tall, with huge candlabras of pink flowers, with very little care. When I was learning, I killed many more tender cultavars, but I still have all my queen elizabeths, I call them chainsaw roses. I make bouquets as a ministry, and can always count on the queen for huge, long stemed clusters. Try not to get the climbing kind, they are monsters, just the bush form is useful.
best of luck, just don't get too addicted (remember, dh, its cheaper than alimony is my retort when questioned..he likes them now too, though)
DeAnna Lynn Britt