Recommendations for Rose food

happycottontailhappycottontail Posts: 378

What should I be feeding my climbing roses right now?  Some are in pots and others in the ground.  Which is better, liquid feed or granules?  Is there any food that will help prevent black spot?  (For health reasons I can't use a foliar spray)

Any advice on the above would be gratefully received.  Thanks in advance!


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Most of the rose foods come from the same manufacturer so all I look for is extra magnesium. A well fed and watered rose will be stronger and more able to cope with any disease thrown at it. Mulching after feeding helps as well.

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,535
    The black spot spores come from the ground, mulch them as Dave said it should helpimage

    I buy all my plant food in Home Bargains or even PoundLand. ! The Doff range of rose, tomato and flower foods. I use it regularly from mid-April, stepping up in June and July and get good results.

  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948
    I've a similar question. Is it worth buying vitax q4? Or will bfb do?
  • happycottontailhappycottontail Posts: 378

    Thanks for all the help everyone.  I went to my local garden centre, and bearing in mind what Dave Morgan had said, bought some Toprose granules, which was the only one that mentioned extra magnesium.


  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,540

    I use toprose as well. Fed both my rose's last week.

  • graham10graham10 Posts: 86

    I put banana skins under the soil near the roots

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

    As Dave says, a healthy rose withstands disease and pests better than a weak one.

    I put banana skins in their planting hole or pot then feed each year with pelleted chicken manure in early spring when buds start to break.  I scatter this on all my borders with extra dollops for roses and clems.  They may get a mulch of compost if we have some spare from the veggie plot and I give liquid feeds of home-made comfrey tea later in spring and early summer.

    If the foliage looks a bit yellow - eg after a very wet winter - I do a foliar feed of Epsom salts poured on from a watering can, not sprayed. 

    The Vendée, France
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