Feeding Roses – Tips For Selecting Fertilizer For Fertilizing Roses


By: Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

Feeding roses is important because we are giving them all the nutrients they need. Fertilizing roses is of great importance if we want hardy, healthy (disease-free) rose bushes that produce a bounty of those stunningly beautiful blooms. Picking the right rose fertilizer is important and there are a few things to keep in mind when fertilizing roses.

Choosing the Best Rose Fertilizer

There are just about as many rose fertilizers or foods available on the market currently as anyone could think up a name for. Some of the rose fertilizers are organic and will not only have food for the rose bushes in the mix but also materials that enrich the soil. Enriching the soil as well as taking good care of the microorganisms that dwell in the soil is a very good thing! Healthy, well-balanced soil provides the key for the root systems to take up all the required nutrients they need, thus creating a healthier more disease-resistant rose bush.

Most chemical rose fertilizers have what is needed for the rose bush but need a little help with the materials to enrich and build the soil. Using some alfalfa meal along with the fertilizer of choice for feeding roses is a great way to give both the rose bushes and the soil some important nutrients.

Rotating the type of chemical rose fertilizer used for fertilizing roses is recommended as well, continually using the same fertilizer can lead to a build-up of unwanted salt in the soil. Making sure that you maintain good soil drainage around your roses or throughout your rose bed will help prevent this build-up.

Along with adding the alfalfa meal at the time of first spring feeding or my last feeding of the season, which is no later than August 15 in my area, I will add 4 or 5 tablespoons (59 to 74 mL.) of superphosphate, but do not use the triple superphosphate for this as it is too strong. Epsom salt and kelp meal given to the rose bushes between regular feedings can bring about bonus results.

In my opinion, you want to look for a rose fertilizer that has a well-balanced NPK rating no matter what brand or type it may be. In the water-soluble types, I have used Miracle Gro for Roses, Miracle Gro All Purpose, and Peters All Purpose. All of them seem to do well with not a lot of difference in the performance of the rose bushes.

I do not use any of the special Bloom Booster mixes when fertilizing roses, as they can be too high in the nitrogen area, thus more foliage growth and actually less bloom production.

A quick note here about the NPK ratios given on the various rose fertilizers: the N is for up (top part of the bush or plant), P is for down (the root system of the bush or plant) and K is for all-around (good for the entire bush or plant systems). All of them together make for the mix that will keep the rose bush healthy and happy.

Making the decision as to which product to use for fertilizing roses becomes one of personal choice. When you find some products that work well for your feeding program rotation, stick with them and do not worry about the latest hype over new products for fertilizing roses. The main thing when feeding roses is to keep the rose bushes well-fed and healthy so that they have plenty of stamina to make it through the winter/dormant season.

This article was last updated on


Best Fertilizers for Roses

If you want a beautiful rose bush bloom, you will need the best fertilizer on the market. Too many fertilizers found at your local gardening store does not work as advertised. They lead to lifeless roses. If you want better chances at success, try some of our recommendations with our guide below.

Did you know that using the proper fertilizer is one of the most critical components of raising healthy roses? Buying the right fertilizer is not as simple as going to a local gardening supply store and buying whichever fertilizer bag has a rose on the packaging. Luckily, I’ve done the hard work for you to find the best fertilizers for roses. Keep reading below to see our recommendations.


Rose Care: Organic Rose Fertilizer Recipe

If you want to make your own organic rose fertilizer then this link gives you the ingredients and method as well as information on how each the ingredients benefits the roses.

I am fairly new to gardening so I love researching and reading up on what conditions specific plants like and need. I found the three links above were great because they gave me the basics on what I should do to care for my roses, but also provided lots of extra information to help me understand why I need to do it. I am sure that I will refer back to them in the future as I continue to learn about rose care and gardening in general.

Related Posts

When you’re not sure how to prune roses it can seem very daunting. However with some basic tips and a bit of practice you will soon be able to prune…

Often our hair comb is dirtier than we realise! If your comb needs a good clean why not treat it to this quick and easy 30 minute beauty treatment! I…

I really love the look of bonsai trees and have always wanted one of my own but I've always worried that they would be too hard to care for and that if…

Something that has to be done every year is cleaning out the gutters. While I have leaf screening mesh on the main house, I still have to clear leaves and…

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

A Little About Me

Hi, I'm Kaylene, and I'm a keen gardener,budding baker and wannabe DIYer!

I love looking for great ideas online and this is where I share what I find! Read More…


It is necessary to know some essential things before giving your plant fertilizer.

Water before fertilizing

Note that when filled with water around the plant nitrogen fertilizer use. use in dry soil by inserting it into the soil fertilizer can burn that roots. After pouring the water on water nutrients in the fertilizer root areas helps to send.

Give Rose fertilizer in early spring

From the beginning of the spring season 4 to 6 weeks before you fertilize your plants. This will increase the plant’s in the cold-resistant and will not plant damaged. late fertilizer may encourage growth that will damage by frost.

Choose the right fertilizer

All of the above growth of plant nutrition day cease to bloom, you will decide how which fertilizer is correct. You have both types of fertilizer for organic fertilizer and inorganic are available. Select the fertilizer for roses, which present high-quality nutrients. Read more.

Organic fertilizer

  • Organic fertilizer consists of cow dung, bone ash, sawdust, leaves, trees, plants, and alfalfa, etc.
  • Fewer nutrients compare to inorganic compost.
  • Organic fertilizer is better for the environment and it makes the fertile soil, it is also beneficial for roses.
  • Organic compost contains fish fertilizer and kelp as liquid fertilizer so it is the right choice, we found N-P-K from fish.

Inorganic fertilizer

  • Inorganic manure is human-created fertilizer.
  • It is made from the chemical. It at the store you can buy ready-made. These work in comparison to expensive Organic manure.
  • Inorganic manure makes the low fertile soil to compare organic.

How to Plant, Grow, and Rose care. How to control Black spot on the rose leaves, Growing cauliflowe r in pots. Anthurium plants growing guide. Growing Celery at home. Muskmelon growing and care tips. Jade plants growing and care tips. Ashwagandha herb growing and care tips. Organic compost . Improve your garden soil health. Orchids growing and care guide.

Useful links

    1. Homemade Rose Fertilizer – Read more
  1. A Fertilizer Primer: What’s In that Rose Food ?



Previous Article

Strawberry Lambada - the history of creation, characteristics of the variety and guarantees of successful cultivation

Next Article

Gardener's lunar calendar for Belarus for 2021: work plan by months