Organic Fertilizer Recipe

A Tonic for Rose Plants Made from Stinging Nettles

stinging nettle plantStinging Nettle Plant

This organic fertilizer recipe is an excellent way to feed your rose plants!

This particular recipe uses Stinging Nettles, (Urtica dioica) a herbacious perennial that does well in rich, moist soils found throughout the world.

 It is called stinging nettle because it is covered with tiny hairs that cause an itching, burning sensation when it comes in contact with bare skin.

 Growing up on a farm, I saw lots of this growing wild in the pastures. We always called it 'Seven Minute Itch'

This is an easy to grow plant, so if you don't have access to some growing on your property, you might consider planting a patch in some rich, moist soil out back somewhere, just for making your homemade fertilizer.

You can make this organic fertilizer recipe from plants that are easy to grow, and even tolerate partial shade.

If you can't grow your own, you can purchase some of the dried herb in health food stores.

The nettle plant is very rich in nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, trace minerals, (lots of iron), and other enzymes. All these together, make for a fantastic tonic for your rose plants!

Organic Fertilizer Recipe for Nettle Tea

To make the tea:

  • Wearing gloves (and long sleeves) Cut plants
  • Use your pruners to chop them into smaller pieces
  • Put the chopped plants into a bucket
  • For about every pound of nettles, add a gallon of water (non-chlorinated)
  • Cover the bucket (you won't like the smell as it starts to ferment)
  • Once a day, stir the mix
  • In a couple of weeks, you'll notice there are no more bubbles on top when you stir....This means it is done fermenting.
  • Strain the mix.
  • Store the tea in clean plastic or glass containers. Add the dregs to your compost pile.
  • Don't use full strength... Dilute it 1/2 cup of the tea to 5 cups of water. Or if you use it as a foliar fertilizer, use 1/2 cup tea to 10 cups of water.!

Be sure to dilute the tea, because high concentrations will burn the leaves!

Remember to always water your roses before you apply fertilizer, and for foliar spray, wet down the leaves before you apply!

You could use this tea once a week as a foliar spray, or once a month as a soil drench. (Remember to water first, and dilute it!)

The people in Europe use a tea made from sting nettles much like we use fish emulsion here in North America. They realize the benefit of it, and think it to be the best organic fertilizer!

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