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Alfalfa pellets

Posted by Susanne27 none (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 16:02

I have read that alfalfa pellets are valued by rose growers. I have only been able to find cubes that come in a 50 lb bag and was wondering if these would work although I really don't want that kind of quantity. The only pellets I have found are smaller bags of rabbit feed but they have other things in them. I would like to scratch the alfalfa into the ground around the roses a couple of times a year and don't know whether the cubes would break down enough. Anyone have input or a source for pellets in Canada?


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RE: Alfalfa pellets

Find a agricultural feed store in your area and tell them
you want Alfalfa pellets to put under your roses
or make Alfalfa Tea for roses...

Here is a link that might be useful: Another thread on Canada & Alfalfa...


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I wonder if you could find alfalfa meal instead which I think works its way down more quickly. I buy mine at the feed store in the 50 lb. bags but with about 85 roses it really doesn't take that long to get used up, and of course you can use it on all your other plants too.

Ingrid


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RE: Alfalfa pellets

You need to find a place that sells horse feed. They'll have pure alfalfa pellets in 50lb bags. You'd be surprised at how many places are around, you're just not conscious of them if you don't feed horses or livestock.


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Ask the Grain store to double-check and make sure there is no salt in the alfalfa cubes. If they are all right, spread them around the base of the rose (out to the drip line)--and here is the important point if you want faster break-down--turn on the hose nozzle to stiff spray and water in the pellets (circling the plant several times). You will see the cubes dissolve into an alfalfa "mush." Then cover up with mulch and watch your rose do its thing--knowing you have already watered the rose also.

Done that way, the cubes are not that much slower than the alfalfa pellets or meal.

Kate


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RE: Alfalfa pellets

Thank you all for the input. I have checked all of the feed stores in the area previous to posting this subject and they only carry the cubes so Kate I thank you for your suggestion and I will check to make sure that the cubes are 100% alfalfa and no salt added. I suppose I could also steep them in a tub and then add the meal and water to the bed but this would be messy and not as convenient.
Sue


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I've seen alfalfa bags and pellets only in 50 lb bags. I have to make alfalfa tea for the roses in my back yard because I have dogs that will eat any organics I put on anything there. It isn't as bad as it seems. But it is a bit inconvenient, that's for sure.


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Dont know why your feed store cant order the pellets for you. I have horses so the feed store is my second home. Mine can order anything I want. I also use the pellets on my daylilies - really makes them green up and grow like crazy.


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RE: Alfalfa pellets

  • Posted by TNY78 7a-East TN (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 7, 13 at 8:23

This may be a silly question, but does the alfalfa attract more rabbits? I have a large problem with rabbits already (one: because they eat my roses, two: because my dogs like to kill them) and I'm wondering if it would increase the problem, but I'd really like to try it!

Tammy


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