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Natural Rose Care Basics
If you have frogs hopping around your roses, you are probably watering too much! Roses do not like overhead watering. Always provide either a soaker hose or a drip system for them. Regular watering is important. Avoid over watering. Slow deep watering is the best. Use a 2 gallon per hour drip head, one on either side at apprx 6 inches out. A soaker hose will work fine for this purpose as long as it doesn't spray water onto the leaves. A soaker hose can be buried or mulched over to prevent this. Dig a well around the rose to hold in the water and the compost and mulch. Mulch should be 2-3 inches deep.
Compost and Roses
Get good at making compost. Experience is the best teacher here. The better your compost, the better it will be for your plants and the more effective the organic system will be. Remember, proper nutrition is the cornerstone of the organic system and compost is its main building block. Roses love compost so feed it a cup of good rich compost once each month.
"Provide for your roses a constant supply of good rich Compost"
andy lopez Invisible Gardener
Fertilizing Your Roses
Avoid using high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen is naturally provided in the organic system and is never lacking. In the organic system, nitrogen is easily available and only used when needed and in small amounts, for longer lasting results. Some natural sources of nitrogen are animal manures such as horse, cattle, llama, rabbit, earthworm casting, chicken etc.; they also provide natural bacteria, enzymes, and trace minerals.
Chemical fertilizers lack bacteria and enzymes essential for soil life and for nutritional exchanges necessary between plant and soil. Compost is the finest organic fertilizer you can use on your roses. However, you will need to add a good organic fertilizer, approx 1 cup per month per plant. The Organic fertilizer should be a 5-10-10 with Nitrogen no higher then 7. There are many good organic fertilizers on the market today. Read the ingredients. Avoid urea based fertilizers. Find two or more different organic fertilizers and switch between them. Or you can make your own fertilizer.