How to Grow Roses Organically

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Growing roses organically requires a great deal of work, including improving the soil with peat moss, black cow manure and organic matter. Use sprays that are made of neem oil on organic roses with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser... View Video Transcript

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Stan DeFreitas

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. So you want to grow roses, and you want to be organic. Well you can do it, it probably requires a bit more work. One of the things that I will tell you it's the same idea that if you are going to grow chemical roses or grow with chemicals or not. You need to really improve that soil, so we're going to tell you to really improve the soil with peat moss, black cow manure, really make an improved soil. And you can use a lot of good organic matter, such as the manures and the peat, which is all organic. It's going to give you a much better base, and just like a good building, if you've got a good base all things are possible. Now you can also recycle newspapers into the soil, you can use organic mulch, there is a lot of organic ideas that you can use. Also for some of the spraying, I use some of the Neem oil type sprays. Why? Because they are organic. It's made from the Neem tree, and it seems to help with some of the insects, and it also has some of the fungal qualities as well. Now you can use of course certain chemicals you could use, but if you are going to be organic, well you wouldn't use them. So that's the reason you need to start shopping for some of these chemicals that are organic in nature. I also use sometimes fish emulsion, which is a good natural fertilizer. I sometimes also use banana peels, even your coffee grounds are about a half a percent nitrogen phosphorus and potassium. So you are wondering what do I do to recycle those coffee grounds, put them back in around your rose bushes. Do a good job of picking off the bad leaves, and your organic rose should grow and flower for many years. For, I'm Stan DeFreitas.