A Recipe For Your Roses
As our beautiful cherry blossoms fade around Green Lake, another season of blossoms is approaching – roses! Greenlaker Tom Donnelly sent a recipe from the American Rose Society (ARS) that he has been using for years on his roses. Tom says that with the type of soil we have around Green Lake, this recipe will help provide the nutrients and minerals that are often lacking in our area. The recipe claims that it can help improve growth within a week.
Here’s the recipe from American Rose Society:
Alfalfa Tea (By: Howard Walters)
Alfalfa tea is a great spring or fall potion that doesn’t interfere with normal seasonal processes. Alfalfa tea releases a growth hormone that makes everything work better. Just add 10 to 12 cups of alfalfa meal or pellets to a 32-gallon plastic garbage can (with a lid), add water, stir and steep for four or five days, stirring occasionally. You may also “fortify” with 2 cups of Epsom salts, 1/2 cup of Sequestrene® (chelated iron, now called Sprint 330) or your favorite trace element elixir.
The tea will start to smell in about three days. Keep the lid ON. Use about a gallon of mix on large rose bushes, 1/3 that much on mini’s. And keep the water going.
When you get to the bottom of the barrel, add water to fill it up again! One load of meal or pellets will brew up two barrels full, but add more fortifiers for the second barrel. You’ll see greener growth and stronger stems within a week.
While this recipe will help your roses to thrive, it also comes with a warning – make in a covered container and plan to use it prior to a rain so you don’t offend your neighbors.