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Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
When is the time to start feeding , mine are shooting , bush one doesn't look happy (probably the snow that was heaped on it) but rambler is away..?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    After pruning in a few weeks is when I do mine-what you don't want is a spurt of growth that gets hit back by a hard frost-there is still plenty of winter to come-in my experience February is the worse month weather wiseimage


  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    Ok thanks I shall wait .
  • We have lots of horse manure. Do I need potash to balance it out? Put lots of manure on the roses. Heard too much manure may not be advantageous. We live 1100 ft up.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I like manure ( well mixed with straw) to rot down for a while, myself. Some people do put it straight on the soil and I know someone who swears it kills nettles, but it stinks and if it does kill nettles, it won't do much good for young plants.

  • Thank you Posy,  Manure is well rotted, do I need anything else for roses? 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Archers a proprietary rose feed is good, it contains essential trace elements, a handful per rose in spring followed by another handful after the first flush of flowers encourages more .

  • Thank you Dave.

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