Growing Roses Organically

Growing roses organically, or Organic rose gardening, is first of all, a way of growing beautiful roses without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides, thus creating a better environment for you and your family.

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To know how to garden organically, you must first know just what 

"Organic Rose Gardening" really means.

 Some people think that it means simply gardening without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This is partly true, but...it is so much more!

Growing roses organically, involves the true meaning of Nature



Your rose plants are within the system of nature that begins with the soil they grow in, the water they drink, the insects and birds, and even the people in the garden.

Growing roses organically keeps the garden in balance with nature by continuing to replace consumed resources.

Making your own Compost is a start to organic gardening.

                            Start with good soil

Creating Soil for Roses that contains organic matter will give your roses a good start, and you will be on the right track to growing beautiful, healthy roses.

Use Natural Defenses

Use natures defense against pests and diseases by attracting beneficial insects, as well as birds in the garden. Purchase and release some  Home Lady Beetles and Green Lacewings (both eat aphids).

Try and address small problems before they get out of control. Daily observances of the garden help to spot problems early.

Choose disease resistant varieties

Roses can be prone to many different rose disease and pests One in particular Black Spot on roses is very common, so try to avoid it by choosing roses that have a good resistance to it. If your rose does become infected, use only organic solutions.

Don't use Systemic pesticides that are harmful to the environment.

Better ways to treat your roses

Spray the rose plants with "Compost Tea". (Compost soaked in water, then strained)

Spraying the plants with 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 1 tablespoon horticultural oil (or dish soap) mix with 1 gallon of water.

Use Organic Fertilizer when Growing Roses Organically

Roses are very heavy feeders. They need a regular supply of the basic N-P-K elements  Nitrogen~ Phosphorus ~ Potassium

Nitrogen ~ alfalfa, fish emulsion, blood meal, fish meal, compost, seaweed,kelp, soybean meal, manures(cow is lowest)

Phosphorus ~ bone meal,colloidal phosphate, guano, manure, compost

Potassium ~ alfalfa, compost, granite dust, fish,green-sand, kelp, manure, soybean meal

Be aware that to much nitrogen, can stimulate to much new growth, that can attract certain unwanted pests. You should do a soil test, to see just what your soil needs.

Nitrogen breaks down quickly,but phosphorous from bone meal or colloidal phosphate, can build up in heavy soils,and cause an imbalance.

Spring, and Fall should consist of the heaviest feedings, while lighter feedings are given in the heat of the summer.

With any fertilizer,be sure to water the rose plants well, both before and after to avoid fertilizer burn.

Here is a recipe to make your own organic fertilizer....

Organically grown roses

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More Organic Tips

Use organic garden mulch to keep down weeds and help to keep plants moist.

Use Companion plants to help deter certain garden pests. (planting garlic around roses is thought to be good for them)

Realize that your garden can not always be 'Perfect' and small imperfections must be expected.

Growing roses organically is the first step in helping to "Save the Planet" and keeping all those harmful chemicals in the bottles where they belong, instead of in the ground!

In case you need more reason to grow your garden "Organically"

The following is a letter I received from a reader;

A sincere Thank You to all the organic gardeners who do not spray their roses with chemicals.

As a Hospice nurse, I have been caring for patients whom die from cancer, emphysema, and other diseases that are either aggravated by or caused by being exposed to chemicals.

Long after you spray, you and your family (including your pets) will be exposed to those chemicals.

Those toxic chemicals find their way into our wells and drinking water. They also stay in the soil, so the next time we sit or walk through the garden, we are exposed.

Chemical sprays rid your garden of it's natural wildlife. The pesticides kill both good and bad bugs, with no discrimination.

How would it be to walk into your garden with no pleasant chirping from the birds, no fluttering butterflies, no humming bees, or dragonflies twittering about? It would no longer be the beautiful, peaceful retreat, but a lonely, shadow of a garden. And you......wandering through it, inhaling the toxic chemicals, with no way of knowing our future from doing so...

Please try to keep your perspective on why you garden in the first place, and you will create a healthier environment for us all.

Marie (Washington)


Thank You Marie, Your letter should be an inspiration to those on the fence about growing roses organically and using any kind of chemical in their garden.

I'd also like to say a sincere 'Thank You' to you for all that you do in helping your Hospice patients in their final days. My Dad passed 4 yrs ago from cancer, and I am grateful for their assistance, may God bless you.

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