Homemade Rose Fertilizer


A rose is a perennial flower that comes in a wide assortment of colors. Roses can be planted in flower gardens or in a pot. When admiring a rose's pleasant aroma, be careful of the thorns on the stems of the plant. If you choose to grow your own roses, keep them fertilized. You can create your own organic rose fertilizer at home rather than use store-bought chemicals.

Step 1

Place 2 tbsp. fish meal and 1 tsp. powdered seaweed in a watering can. The fish meal contains the three most important nutrients that all plants require: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The seaweed contains plant hormones that will help your roses stay free of disease.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. Epsom salt to help air circulate around the roots of your rose plant, and 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar to increase the acid in your soil. Roses prefer soil that is slightly acidic.

Step 3

Measure and insert 2 tbsp. gypsum and 2 tbsp. molasses to your watering can. The gypsum adds a little calcium and sulfur to the soil. The molasses provides your rose plant with some extra sugar, and it releases trace minerals in to the soil.

Step 4

Pour 1-1/2 gallons hot water in the watering can and mix all of the ingredients together until they are completely combined. Set the watering can aside until the water cools to room temperature.

Step 5

Pour 1/4 of the mixture over each rose plant. This mixture is enough for 4 rose plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering can
  • 2 tbsp. fish meal
  • 1 tsp. powdered seaweed
  • 1 tbsp. Epsom salt
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. gypsum
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1-1/2 gallons hot water


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