Give your rose bushes your used tea bags and banana peels. They will love you for it. Also hydrangeas will love your water from when you boil potatoes. You can also use the potato peels at the bottom of your plants.
By tennis4two from Madison, IN
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By Linda L. 02/02/2015
I am concerned that my dogs will want to dig these up. Has anyone had such problems?
By Linda 10/21/2013
In spring your roses will love the blood from your hamburger or roast beef packages. Mix with water and pour on roots. This really makes them bloom. There are different kinds of rose bushes. When buying one be sure to check bloom times. Some only bloom for about 5 weeks in the spring. Others bloom mid summer, some all summer etc... So look at the bloom schedule before buying your new rose plant. Happy Gardening!
Also any leftover brewed coffee or coffee grounds, sprinkle it around your plants (indoor or outdoor plants). I always dilute my leftover coffee and use it to water my plants.. oh boy, your plants will be doing the happy dance.
By laidback arcing 07/21/2011
It works. I've done the banana peels for years. Roses are in pots and have never had black spot.
By DennisAndEstelle 05/09/2011
Thanks for the tip.
By Robyn Fed 03/31/2011
Thank you so much!
I am going to do this!
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This is an old trick but maybe someone hasn't heard about it yet. I save my banana peel after eating the banana and gently dig out an opening around my roses and place the banana peel, spread out with the inside of the peel facing the ground and cover. It adds potassium to the soil. My roses love it! Thank you.
By rosa (07/13/2004)
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By anniebug (11/11/2004)
If you are a gardener, and grow roses, don't throw your banana skins in the compost pile or garbage can.
Instead, bury them just below the surface of the ground at the base of your roses.
Roses utilize potassium very well and banana skins have a lot of potassium in them.
Your roses will love you for it.
By Sandra (05/06/2005)
By Norma (05/09/2005)
We do! My wife loves her rose bushes. Take the peels and bury them skin side up around your Rose bush, not too deep but deep enough so the small animals don't dig them up. You may have to do this more than once, but the more the better. You will see a big difference in your bushes.
I know the season may be over for some but keep it in mind for next year.
By Charlie (08/22/2005)
The bushes had only a leaf here and there and only one or two stems. Now they are are putting on new growth and and leaves. The few blooms I have had so far this year have been beautiful. I did buy a bale of hay to cover the bananas rather than dig them in. (08/22/2005)
By JAN in NC
For beautiful roses, I emulsify old bananas and peels in my blender with water. I pour this on the base of the rose bush. You will not believe how well this works.
By Laurie from St. Charles, MO