Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:49 pm
Beautiful roses are always the pride of gardeners. Although classic, roses come in many varieties and dress up the garden with colorful elegance. But for them to be beautiful, these sometimes fragile flowers need a little help. But here, there is no need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides that are bad for the planet! With a few inexpensive products from the cupboard or even from your garden, your roses will have an exceptional bloom and a good resistance to diseases! Discover with us the natural fertilizers and other tricks of grandmother to have beautiful roses.
1) The best natural fertilizers for roses
In addition to a good compost, many natural fertilizers can help the development of your roses. To fill up on nutrients (trace elements, etc.), your rose plantations can rely on other organic fertilizers for a boost.
Natural fertilizers from the kitchen for fertilizing roses :
- Banana peels are rich in potassium, iron and magnesium. They are to be buried at the foot of the rosebush after having cut them into pieces. With them, growth, abundant flowering, holding and color gustation are at the rendezvous!
- Coffee grounds will enrich the soil. This natural fertilizer brings phosphate and nitrogen for a real beautification of each flower. In addition, it keeps worms, aphids and flies away! Apply it to the base of your roses and water to mix it with the soil. Note: Rhododendrons and azaleas love it too…
- Crushed eggshells provide calcium, as does cooled egg cooking water. This amendment is to be sprinkled at the foot of each rosebush.
Other natural fertilizers for roses :
- Ash fertilizes the soil and is therefore an excellent natural fertilizer. After sifting your ashes, you can apply them to the base of the rose bush or mix them with water for watering.
- Rich in water-soluble, slow-release nitrogen, dried blood is excellent for roses and perennials. It provides more colorful foliage and long-lasting growth.
- Finally, horse manure works as a mulch and fertilizer. If you are lucky enough to find some, don’t hesitate to use it! However, if you decide to smoke a rose bush, use decomposed manure rather than fresh manure which can burn the roots.
2) Chasing away aphids that attack them
As soon as the weather turns warm, the plants are invaded! Fortunately for the gardener, there is no lack of natural solutions against aphids. Two teaspoons of black soap with a liter of water in a spray bottle will do wonders. Alternatively, think of nettles which are an excellent natural fertilizer rich in nitrogen and which also chase away these unwanted little creatures. Let macerate about 3 to 4 handfuls of nettle leaves in a watering can. 7 to 10 days of maceration will be enough before filtering. Then water each rose bush with this mixture. For roses, you can also mix four parts water to one part milk. Spray this mixture on and under the leaves to be treated.
3) To be planted at the foot of the roses
To protect your roses from unwanted insects (aphids, etc.) and prevent attacks, the best thing to do is to plant repellent plants at the foot of your roses. Among the best protectors against aphids, there are marigolds and nasturtiums! And against all the other small pests, think of lavender, garlic, chives or sage.