Fertilizing bare root roses

Thunder12(5b)April 30, 2014

I recently purchased my first bare root rose. It has been in the ground for about 2-1/2 weeks and seems to be doing fine. It has leafed out quite a bit and has 4" of new growth. I was wondering if someone could tell me when it would be OK to start fertilizing it. A suggestion on the type of fertilizer would be helpful also. I know I have to be careful not to burn the roots. Thank you so much!


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diane_nj 6b/7a

Water is all that it needs now. Leave it alone until after it blooms. Then, apply an organic-based fertilizer, such as Espoma Rose-tone (Plant-tone or Flower-tone or Holly-tone will work also). Follow the directions on the package. Last fertilizer application in August. Good luck with your plant!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 1:17PM
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Thanks Diane! We have plenty of water now - it has been raining for 3 days. Now we need some sun and warmer temps. It was supposed to be in the lower 70's today, never got past 55....I'll just wait until it blooms to start fertilizing. I have some water soluable ferts - do you think that would be ok to use - maybe 1/2 strength?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 6:55PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

The water soluble fertilizer is OK, but again, not until after the first bloom.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 8:37AM
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