Learn All About Roses from Larry Hill. Larry loves talking about roses and sharing his knowledge and love of roses with others.
Hopefully, you have your new roses planted and are seeing some growth. It is important to remember that, like every living thing, roses need to be fed.
Here is my recommended feeding schedule for your roses:
Two weeks after planting, you should water with a mixture of Atlantis Fish Emulsion, mixed at the rate of two tablespoons per gallon of water. Use half a gallon per plant. Fish fertilizer provide an excellent source of nutrition for plants and the soil. When fish fertilizers are used, the plant receives a controlled level of nitrogen, a vital element necessary for the production of chlorophyll and maintaining the health of the plant.
Two weeks later, use Bayer All in One mixed at four ounces per gallon. Bayer All in One Rose and Flower Care feeds and protects against insects and diseases in one easy step. Just mix and pour around the base of the plant.
Two weeks later, use Miracid, one tablespoon per gallon of water and use one half gallon per plant. I use Miracid because the soil in this area is very alkaline and roses do best at 6.2 Ph. Miracid lowers soil pH and makes nutrients more readily available.
Use this schedule until the end of August. You should mark your garden calendar to avoid any confusion. All of the products I recommend are available at Wenke Greenhouses.