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
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.
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!
Throw your banana peels under your roses to produce bigger roses and more blooms. Just move away a little of the soil or compost, lay them down, then cover it up. The roses love the potassium. Also my roses have never had black spot.
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By laidback racing from Charleston, SC
Didn't know this trick for roses, but I've 'fed' my Staghorn fern banana for years!
When transplanting rose bushes, chop banana peels (I use a blender) and place around the roots of the roses before covering the roots with soil, then water.
By sweetsoo from Hamilton, ON
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
What a wonderful use for otherwise useless banana peels! I sure am going to try that on my roses which, by the way, have been absolutely gorgeous this year. Have a lovely day and God bless you. (05/09/2009)
I have done this for years and you are right, it works best if you blend them with some water, then you don't have to bother digging a hole. Might be better to move the mulch back a little and then recover the banana peels. (05/20/2010)
I dry my banana peels and crumble them up and scatter them; sometimes I just throw the peels on the ground in back of the roses. Our local Garden Guy gardens organically and I use a lot of his formulas, such as Epsom salts in water for the magnesium. I just sprinkle a little ES around and water it in, great for blooming plants. (05/20/2010)
|Larger Rose Blooms With Banana Peels|
I have roses growing on my back fence. Year before last my flowers were nice but small. Last year I remembered my grandmother adding banana peels in the dirt around her flowers. So early in the spring, I dug a trench around my bushes and buried banana peels about 6 to 8 inches from the plants. My flowers were much larger than before, and bloomed for a longer period.
By Sharon from Van Buren, AR
I just had to comment on this - in the movie, "Seven Pounds" w/Will Smith, he told the lady in the movie to do this very thing! Of course in the movie it worked (LOL!), but to hear it in 'real life' is pretty coincidental! Your roses look great - wonder does that work with the planting of all flowers (?) I'm a huge geranium fan, plant them every year and wonder would it have the same effect? (02/17/2009)
They are gorgeous and yes it does work! I go to the local market and buy bananas off of their sale table. I cut up the entire banana and put it in the dirt around my roses a couple of times a year. If you have old bananas you can freeze them until it is time to do the gardening, then just thaw them out and cut them up and dig them into the dirt. (02/17/2009)
By florida gal
I tried this along with egg shells, coffee grounds and left over coffee, also banana peels. I put it all on my hollyhocks. Oh my, they grew taller than my house and the flowers were huge! You must try it for yourself. You can mix it all together and spread on any plants you like. Let us know how it works for you. (02/17/2009)
Besides the added minerals, the organic material helps amend the soil. Bananas are known to attract earthworms, which aerate the soil and add castings to it. (02/18/2009)
Roses apparently need potassium, which bananas are a good source of. (02/21/2009)
Well, bananas, like other vegetation turn into compose. Any plant life would do the same as the bananas. One could start a compost pile and use the compost for any plant they are growing. (02/11/2010)
I think these tips are really good. I will definitely try some and let you know how they go. (02/11/2010)
I love this. It's nice and easy. I'm going to have to give it a try. (02/11/2010)
Love it. Will try it in the spring. (02/11/2010)
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.