Learn how to make your own simple 1 ingredient rose bush fertilizer for beautiful blooms year after year

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  • MYO Rose Bush Fertilizer

    Roses are absolutely gorgeous and make a lovely addition to any garden, but figuring out how to make the flourish with so many items available on the market can cause a big headache as well as a slam to the budget. Here is my secret dirt cheap rose bush fertilizer for perfect blooms year after year . . .
    Got Banana's?

    For beautiful blooms, simply flatten a banana peel and bury it approximately 1 inch deep at the base of each rose bush. Your roses will love the burst of potassium and with the added benefit of disease resistance.

    Beautiful, yet dirt cheap, (pardon the pun!)

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    1. bushigirl's Avatar
      bushigirl -
      Also works well to whiz up the banana peel in your VitaMix with a couple cups of water, and pour it at the base of the rose bush. Should remove the hard stem before blending, tho.
    1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
      fosterfamily5 -
      I'm going to use this. Thank you!
    1. mamalv's Avatar
      mamalv -
      I find it best to cut the banana into very small pieces or whirl in my food processor.

      Hint: WINTER: These also can be cut up, de-hydrated...whirled in processor to make a loose powder Over the winter (while the roses are napping). Jut measure an amount equal to one banana ( measure ONE thats been dried, and then you'll know how much to use); and dig into the soil.

      TIP: dried used coffee grounds are also fabuous for roses (sorry, I recall why)... but they do wonders for the plant. Just dig in as you would the banana.
    1. jj2020's Avatar
      jj2020 -
      this is great! you just saved me a lot of money - my parents will love this one too! their on a fixed income, i've been telling them all these little gems of information with them. They always had a huge garden when we were kids, but sold the house when they retired, I got my dad doing a container garden, he loves it, could these fertilizers work on veggies too?
    1. dct9000's Avatar
      dct9000 -
      Thank you. Love the ideal of using the blender to whip it up. Let the bushes get it that much quicker.
    1. Kimberlysue's Avatar
      Kimberlysue -
      Thank you for this tip. Rose fertilizer is so expensive, and we have lots of roses. I will try this this week.
    1. a1wolfpup's Avatar
      a1wolfpup -
      I just planted a rose bush this year and am so thrilled to find this.
    1. medamomma's Avatar
      medamomma -
      Thanks for posting this tip. I will use this one, definately!
    1. creativecheryl's Avatar
      creativecheryl -
      Looking for a rose bush. I have heard they are called falling rose bush. I have only heard of it once but I am wondering what they look like, if they are easy to grow and where they can be purchased.
    1. bonniebush's Avatar
      bonniebush -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlysue View Post
      Thank you for this tip. Rose fertilizer is so expensive, and we have lots of roses. I will try this this week.
      How often do you add a banana to each rose bush?
    1. Jennaxor's Avatar
      Jennaxor -
      Sounds like a great idea!! I have two mini rosebushes. One is doing very well, but the other needs something and this might just be it!!
    1. Janiceallyn's Avatar
      Janiceallyn -
      I can't wait to try this. My roses are looking pretty sad this year. I love the idea about whipping it up with water in the Vita-Mix!
    1. cthy1954's Avatar
      cthy1954 -
      Now I understand what I have been doing wrong. Thanks for the information
    1. Ketsyc's Avatar
      Ketsyc -
      I am a little confused. Do we use the whole banana or just the peel?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ketsyc View Post
      I am a little confused. Do we use the whole banana or just the peel?
      just the peeling, you eat the banana
    1. Habreeden's Avatar
      Habreeden -
      We have 10 knockout roses and this may well be what we need. I probably will try the coffee grounds also. As a boy living in the country, we incorporated coffee grounds into a bed where we grew earthworms to sell to fishermen. I bet these ideas encourage the growth of earthworms that help fertilize a rose bed.
    1. adspencer's Avatar
      adspencer -
      My grandmother used to be able to get a starter clipping from a stem or bush rose. She has since past and i have no idea how she did it. Does anyone have any insite on this.
    1. IAmBroom's Avatar
      IAmBroom -
      Quote Originally Posted by bushigirl View Post
      Also works well to whiz up the banana peel in your VitaMix with a couple cups of water, and pour it at the base of the rose bush. Should remove the hard stem before blending, tho.
      Great point. Why disturb the soil and bother working, when you can just make a pour-on fertilizer and dribble some on every rose. If you want to do a big batch, keep the peels in a bag in the freezer until you collect enough. Freezing and then thawing them will make them easier to blend anyway, and won't do anything to the potassium!
    1. Cindyfitzgerald's Avatar
      Cindyfitzgerald -
      I use coffee grounds (after they have been brewed). Mixed with epson salts and egg shells. Mix it up and sprinkle around the base of any flowering plant. You can also mix with potting soil.

      Easy to do. I keep an ice cream bucket on the counter and collect as i go. Making breakfast - throw in the egg shells and grounds. Before youknow it the bucket is full and you can add epson salts and soil. I just sprinkle it on when I water.

      I have beautiful roses, oranges, limes, pears, star jasmine.
    1. Argent's Avatar
      Argent -
      This is an awesome idea! My father wants me to plant a rose garden for my mother in the spring. Usually I use bone meal and/or fish emulsion in amended soil to get the rose off to a good start. I live in the mid Atlantic region and black spot and aphids, along with just about anything that will threaten a rose, is a real problem here, regardless how much breathing room the roses have. Years ago I started using Bayer systemic rose food when I planted. It worked wonders but it's not organic and I don't like putting chemicals in my soil.

      Has anyone tried the banana peel and or coffee grounds for successive years with good success? If so, should the entire banana be used or just the peel? I'd love to get away from chemical fertilizer/fungus/pest control!

      Thanks!
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