Bloom Food?

onederwMarch 14, 2013

Okay, I'm officially Confused. (Nothing new there.)

From what many here have posted, I was under the perhaps mistaken impression that a dose of high nitrogen fertilizer would would serve as a "kick in the pants" for roses to explode into glorious bloom. When I look at what is marketed as "Bloom Food," however, I'm noticing that many of them are not high N, but rather high P--P as in phosphate.

In the back of my mind I'm hearing Karl Bapst remind me (yet again-I'm a slow learner about this) that "roses can't read," but still, which is it that jumpstarts bloom--Nitrogen or Phosphate?


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evilscott(USDA=10, Sunset=24)


Too much nitrogen will tell the plant to grow stems and leaves at the expense of flowers.

Ground rock phosphate is a good choice. But roses also like all the nutrients, including the micro.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:36AM
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Fish emulsion is the kick in the pants for me. Every year some one wants to take pictures of my roses and I am known as the rose lady on the hill(per the neighbors ref.) But then I live in a desert area, so any flowers are treat.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:46AM
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