Nature Meal for Roses
and Flowers 4-6-2
Nature Meal for Roses and Flowers is a fertilizer blend of natural, organic ingredients that helps you grow beautiful roses and flowers. Roses are considered to be one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Though newer varieties are hardier and more resilient to disease, roses still require extra attention when compared to most other flowering types of bushes. Nature Meal for Roses can give your rose bushes the added food that they need to grow healthy and stay strong.
With a unique blend of nutrients, minerals and an NPK of 4-6-2, Nature Meal for Roses is made from only 100% natural materials and is a great alternative feed to chemical sprays or dissolving spikes.
Some tips for growing beautiful roses
Once considered a luxury for the wealthy, modern varieties of roses such as the hybrid tea rose are affordable and easy to maintain, requiring much less in the way of upkeep. A beautiful rose garden is within reach, it just takes a few steps to properly prepare and maintain the rose bed.
- Species Selection: Roses are broken down into three groups; Species roses, old garden roses (roses before 1867), and modern roses. Modern roses can be classified as; hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda & polyantha, shrubs, miniature & mini-flora and climbers. Each type of modern rose has unique attributes, some are resistant to certain diseases others are known for their growing habuit i.e. climbers. Choose a variety that works best in your garden.
- Soil Preparation: Roses prefer a soil that drains well and has a soil pH of 6.0 - 6.5. When preparing the bed dig a hole two to three times the diameter of the root ball. Refill the hole with a loose substrate that incorporates Nature Meal for Roses and humus compost to increase the micro-organism activity.
- Light Requirement: Roses require full sun exposure, however a minimum of 6 hours can be sufficient for some varieties. Plant your rose in an open breezy area where there are no objects obstructing the sunlight.
- Plant Complimentary Colors: Because roses can be long term “investment” plants that add value to your landscape, you will want to develop a color scheme for your rose garden. Do you want roses that look soft and delicate in the landscape or bold and exciting. Think about how the colors compliment the outside and inside of your house.
- Properly space roses: Rose bushes like to have plenty of elbow room so air and moisture can circulate. Take this into consideration when choosing your roses, reference the rose label to determine mature size and plan accordingly.
- Shears are a rose bush’s best friend: Invest in a good set of gloves and pruning shears and snip off any “sapping” leaves or stems which reduce available nutrients that the flowers can use to grow. After flowers are spent remove the rose buds to encourage new shoots to grow. Always prune your roses just above a bud eye. "Bud eye" refers to the area above a leaf attached to the branch.
Water in the morning: Roses, just like people, don’t like being wet and cold overnight. Watering in the morning lets the plants dry out before nightfall, and allows for better moisture regulation during the day. Be cautious of heat and high humidity, watering the leaf surface may cause fungal problems such as powdery mildew. Drip watering or watering at the root zone is the best solution.
Organically Grown Roses?
Before being cultivated, roses grew wild throughout many parts of the world. Wild roses improved through a process of natural selection, stronger traits supplanting weaker ones. Roses continued to improve and adapt, thriving in many different environments ranging from tropical jungles, arid deserts, and even cold weather mountain ranges. Natural roses can still be found in our world today, but many look quite different than what most people think of as a rose.
Due to the natural beauty of the plant, wild roses soon began attracting the eye of early horticulturists, who created the many different types we now have today through hybridization. These hybrids were produced with an eye towards color and bloom size, but at the cost of losing traits such as disease resistance and fragrance.
Unfortunately, growers turned to chemical herbicides to keep their plants healthy and to ensure maximum profits. So while the modern cultivated rose is much larger and brighter than wild versions, it is exceedingly more fragile and difficult to grow than other varieties. This reliance on chemicals turned the attention away from naturally resilient plants, and today roses are one of the most chemically treated classes of plants.
Since the roses popular today are generally the same ones found groomed for sale in the mass market, there is a misconception that they can be too hard for the individual to grow without using the same chemical methods as commercialized rose growers. Thankfully, there is another way.
Growing roses organically means avoiding harmful synthetics and using organic fertilizers and soil conditioners to get the same beautiful results as all those harsh chemicals. Products such as Alfalfa Meal, Nature Meal for Roses, and Nature Meal for Acid Loving Plants can feed your rose bushes and provide the proper pH balance to keep them growing strong.
Beneficial Nematodes and Diatomaceous Earth can provide effective insect control without resorting to chemical sprays that can harm your plants or contaminate groundwater supplies. Actinovate can also help prevent common fungus problems such as powdery mildew. It seems that whatever problem man has created a chemical for, often times Mother Nature already has an organic solution.
Light Application: 1 lb per 100 square feet, 1/4 cup per plant or 1 lb per 20 ft row
Normal Application: 1.5 lbs per 100 square feet, 1/3 cup per plant or 2 lbs per 20 ft row
Heavy Application: 2 lbs per 100 square feet, 1/2 cup per plant, 3 lbs per 20 ft row
Derived from: Fish meal, feather meal, meat & bone meal, kelp meal and alfalfa meal. The 4% slow or controlled release Nitrogen is derived from feather meal.