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MajiA
Kenner, LA

June 6, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8614354

Typically, organic fertilizers are expensive down here. The feed stores in town that carry blood meal etc. have priced it as niche products. Does anyone have recommendations for online stores for organic fertilizers at a reasonable price and shipping costs?

Thank you for your time.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
9:29 AM

Post #8657596

Hello.

I just went back through old postings and realized that no one has answered yours.

An excellent organic fertilizer is Rose Tone by Espoma. Here is their website.

http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/tones_rose.html

If you follow the where to buy link and supply your zip code, they will help you find a provider near you.

It's great stuff! Ace Hardware carries it here.

Donna
MajiA
Kenner, LA

June 27, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8657886

Thank you Donna for your reply. I actually ended up using a home made mixture similar to the Mill's Magic Rose Fertilizer.

DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8657897

Ha! I use Magic Mills Mix too. It's very much like Espoma's Rose Tone. Great choice!

Donna

This message was edited Jun 27, 2011 1:14 PM
GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8677373

What is your home made recipe? It sounds interesting. The stores here stock holly tone, but not rose tone. Very frustrating.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

July 7, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8677926

I primarily use the following:

alfalfa meal, fish meal, steamed bone meal (or super-phophate if you don't like the dust), cottonseed meal (or soy meal), blood meal, Milorganite, Kelp Powder and Epsom Salt.

From memory, use quarter cup each of super-phosphate, Kelp powder and Epsom Salts. The others use one cup each. If you use bone meal instead of Super-phosphate, use one cup of it. I think if you have access to Holly tone, just throw in a cup of it also for the good bacteria and fungi that it contains.

I hope this helps. Good luck.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8678769

What a great recommendation! I'm checking to make sure I am using all ofthose ingredients. Thank you.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

July 7, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8679395

The ingredients except for the Kelp Powder and Epsom Salt are from the Mills website. I checked out the N-P-K ratios of the various ingredients and that of Mills Magic, and came up with the following ratios by weight:

Alfalfa Meal 4
Cottonseed Meal 4
Blood Meal 1
Bone Meal 4
Fish Meal 1
Milorganite 8

N-P-K of Mill's Magic is 6-5-1.

You don't need to be rocket science accurate but if you add 1 cup of each, it should be okay.

Good luck.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 8, 2011
3:49 AM

Post #8679722

I was adding epsom salts but missed the kelp powder. I'll throw that in too.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 8, 2011
3:58 AM

Post #8679727

I would highly recommend horse manure and the fresher (greener) kind is even better, roses love it.

Jan
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 8, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8680786

I get compost from our local organic farm. They give it to us in exchange for our yard clippings. It's "horse based" and yes, the roses love it.

Meadow, please educate me. I thought fresh manure burned plants. Am I wrong?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 8, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8680831

I put fresh manure on my rose beds all the time. I put it on top of the soil like a mulch where it gradually decomposes and feeds the plants. I think it might be bad to mix it right into the soil,or put it in a planting hole.In general horse manure is probably not as "strong" as others - especially chicken.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2011
3:30 AM

Post #8681520

Thank you. That's great information.

Donna

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2011
6:16 AM

Post #8681667

I only have ever used green on roses, not my other plants.

Jan
GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8683530

I top dress my plants with purchased aged manure also. I saw Epsoma Holly Tone and Plant Tone in Walmart this week. I sent them an email suggesting that they stock Rose Tone as well, for what that is worth.

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