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This is the view from my kitchen table. Once a month, starting when I notice new growth, I water my roses with 2 TBSP. Epsom Salts to 3 gallons of water. Aren't they beautiful?
By Tanya from Winchester, TN
Wow, they're gorgeous! thanks for the tip. I've used it before but only once a season. Now I know to do it once a month. ")
Hardiness Zone: 10a
Mary from Redding, CA
since I'm not eating roses, nor planting edibles around them, I broke down and made one exception to my Organic Garden, applying "systemic Rose spray" to my rose bush in the Spring. I got no
black spot, but even though I used fertilizer/banana
peelings, and Epsom Salts, I got NOT A SINGLE BLOOM, just some average looking canes with avg. growth of leaves...UNTIL I APPLIED used COFFEE GROUNDS to the clay soil it's planted in.
If it weren't Fall, I believe the poor rose bush might just sprout buds, since it's greened up at all the ends of the canes, adding more leaves there. I plan to plant a couple of water bottles to see if it was uneven water or drainage that prevented blooms.
I know it is best to prune on Valentine's Day each year, and perhaps I will finally find the secret one
day next Spring. To help in my frustration, I found
a wonderful large silk rose plant/flowers at the Dollar Store ON SALE for next to nothing, and placed it near the bottom within the bush. Unconsciously I
feel BETTER. LOL, but it insulted the bush, I'm certain. I'm NOT taking it out until it blooms on its own. : ) God HELP the rose bush.