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Fertilizing bare root roses

Posted by Thunder12 Z6 - NE Ohio (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 30, 14 at 10:43

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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RE: Fertilizing bare root roses

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!

RE: Fertilizing bare root roses

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?

RE: Fertilizing bare root roses

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

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