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!
To make the tea:
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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