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Get More Blooms on Roses

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Roses are meant to be showy and bright. I have always loved roses of all kinds. My roses were doing well and blooming, but I wanted to enable them to really bloom and prosper. I found out they love and need some of the same minerals recommended for elderly people who have lost their vim and vigor, potassium.
get more blooms on roses
You can see there are some blooms and the plant seems to be fairing well, but I wanted lots of blooms. At first I used the food blender to mix banana peels and orange peels with a little water and poured it at the base of the roses. Notice we also use mulch in our dry climate. Roses need sunshine but they also require sufficient water. The mulch helps our dry soil retain the water.
get more blooms on roses
You can use entire bananas if they are old and need tossed out, or just the peel. The same is true of oranges or orange peels. Like the fruit, the peels contain much needed potassium for elderly people and roses.
get more blooms on roses
If you are concerned about attracting rodents, you can continue to grind all your peels and old fruit, but now that my roses are well established I just toss the peels back behind the bushes where they do not show.
get more blooms on roses
Now it is common for my red rose bushes to have 100 blooms and buds or more on each bush. The same is true of my pink and white roses now.
get more blooms on roses
People often stop and ask me about my roses and how I get so many blooms. I tell them I prune them in late winter before they begin to wake up then I feed them banana and orange peels all summer. With just a little care roses will bloom to give you joy all summer and into the late fall, mine do. Seeing is believing.

Suggested materials:

  • Roses  (garden center)
  • Produce peels of bananas, oranges  (grocery store)

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  • Cheryl Gillman
    on May 28, 2018

    I don't have a blender, or food processor, is there any other way to get lots of blooms? I just bought a winter king rose bush from home depot and put it in my garden about 2 weeks ago, it seems to be still alive at least (which is saying a lot for my gardening skills lol) it's still kind of small though and I would absolutely love for it to grow nice and big and have LOTS of blooms on it!

    • DesertRose
      on Nov 22, 2018

      Cheryl please let us know how your mini rose bush does come spring time! We'd love to see more photos!!

  • Ginny
    on Jun 2, 2018

    how often do you do the fruit wash

    • DesertRose
      on Jun 2, 2018

      When I began, I used all the banana peels and orange peels saved for a week: I am guessing 5 or 6 bananas and a dozen tangelo peelings. Now I just lay them back behind the rose bushes when it has been a week or more. I am again guessing about 4 or 5 peels a month. I just know I save what I eat each week and place them by each of my roses (4).

  • Could tus be used for Gardenias and orchids?

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