Organic Rose Gardening


Raising roses organically requires a lot of patience, and a willingness to experiment around. 

These tips might work for you:

1. Choose rose varieties that are disease resistant. Antique varieties seem to be the hardiest of all, resilient to aphids and black spot. Old fashioned rose varieties are hardy in poor soil conditions and do quite nicely with a no fuss, they come in a range from standard shrub roses to climbing varieties.

2. Well drained soil that’s rich in composted material

3. Turn composted material into your rose beds instead of using chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil drainage and is high in natural nutrients. Soil that is healthy contributes to healthier plants and provides a home for earthworms and other decomposers that are part of nature’s cycle of decay and rejuvenation.

4. Keep your rose beds clean, provide for good circulation, and lots of sunshine

5. Having problems with blackspot and mildew? try relocating them to a sunnier part of the garden. Even though roses can get by with only six hours of sunshine, placing them in sunnier locations seems to lower their tendency towards fungal type of diseases. Good circulation and air flow is also important in preventing fungal diseases from getting a toehold. Removing dead wood, fallen leaves and petals, and other debris removes places when disease can start.

6. Install a soaker hose system instead if a sprinkler system. Deep, infrequent watering is healthier for the plants, and prevents fungal spores from the soil from bouncing up on the lower leaves.

7. Plant companion plants that attract beneficial bugs, like ladybugs and other beneficial bugs. Yarrow and dill were highly attractive, with coreopsis and geraniums to a lesser degree. Other suggested plants include wild carrot, fennel, caraway, cilantro, and angelica.

8. Use alternate sprays for example, insecticidal soap is one organic product I’ve used in the past that does a fabulous job of killing the pests while leaving the good bugs alone.For particularly bad aphid infestations, one low cost solution is to hose the aphids from your rose buds using a steady stream of water. This done by cradling the rose bud in the palm of the hand, and gently rinsing the bud until the aphids drop to the ground. This technique will have to be repeated every three to four days for a couple of weeks, but eventually the aphids disappear for good.  By replacing the wimpy roses with disease resistant varieties and following the tips listed above, growing roses naturally will be less of a challenge for the organic gardener.

9. If you are looking at growing roses quickly and easily, organic fertilizers do a simple job, helping plants grow quickly. For roses though, most any type of fertilizer will work, just make sure to use NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) fertilizers. Also you must make sure not to overfertilize the plants or else they will just simply die. So now that you know how to organically fertilize your roses, you need to know what kind to buy.
2. Blood Meal – This may sound gross, but your roses will grow at an alarming rate with this organic fertilizer. Blood meal is dried and powdered blood that is spread into your garden to help your roses grow. Because of its high nitrogen release level, it does help the roses grow, but if too much is applied it can burn and destroy the roses. It is recommended to mix the blood meal with water to see the best results for your newly growing roses.
3. Alfalfa Meal – The alfalfa meal actually heats up the surface of the soil. This helps the roses grow through an organic fashion. After using alfalfa meal, your roses should be growing at a much faster rate, but just like the blood meal, do not apply too much or else all of your vegetation might die. This organic fertilizer is a great way to treat your soil before growing roses.
4. Chicken Manure – First of all, be sure to compost the chicken manure or else you will cause severe burning to your plants. After composting though, it should be a quick and easy route to organically fertilizing your growing roses. After applying your chicken manure fertilizer, you must wait for a few weeks until the soil is nourished with your newly applied fertiilizer
5. Bone Meal – Bone meal is a slow releasing fertilizer that has been used for organic purposes for a long time. Watch out for this fertilizer though, as it has a high count of phosphorus. As long as you make sure to follow procedure to not harm your plants, bone meal is a great fertilizer to use to organically grow your roses.

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