How to Feed Roses & Apple Trees


Rose bushes and apple trees are distant cousins in the plant kingdom. If you observe roses closely, they will exhibit behavior similar to apple trees: producing an apple-like fruit, known as the rose hip, after flowering. Roses and apples even have the same nutritional needs. Select a fertilizer for both roses and apples that is high in phosphorous. Phosphorous encourages plants to produce blossoms, which leads to more fruit.

Step 1

Scratch furrows into the earth in a circle at the edge of the roots surrounding your tree or bush.

Step 2

Sprinkle slow-release granular fertilizer into the furrows in the amounts directed on the back of the package.

Step 3

Sprinkle 1 cup of Epsom salts into the furrows.

Step 4

Cover the furrows by raking over them with the rake again.

Step 5

Use a shovel to cover the ground surrounding the tree or shrub with compost. Ring the tree or bush with compost starting 4 inches from the trunk and working outward. Spread the compost to a depth of 1 inch thick.

Step 6

Rake the compost into the soil to a depth of 4 inches.

Step 7

Water thoroughly with a garden hose.

Things You'll Need

  • Slow-release granular fertilizer (10-20-10)
  • Epsom salts
  • Garden rake
  • Compost
  • Garden hose
  • Shovel


  • Feeding Your Roses (They're Hungry You Know)
  • Fertilizers For Roses

Who Can Help

  • How to Fertilize Fruit Trees
Keywords: apple tree, rose bush, compost mulch

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