- Well-aged manure provides roses with need nutrients.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Well-age herbivore manure (cows, sheep, goats, lamas, horses) provide roses with beneficial nutrients and vital nitrogen. Sprinkle 2 to 3 shovelfuls around the base of the rose. Cultivate lightly and water regularly.
- Coffee shops and espresso stands are a good scource of coffee grounds for roses.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
Coffee grounds are loaded with nitrogen. Pour stale coffee around the base of the plant. Sprinkle coffee grounds on top of the soil or add to the compost pile.
- Georgia red wigglers are easy to raise at home.Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
Purchase worm castings online or at local home and garden supply stores. Worm casting provide nitrogen and micro-nutrients roses require. You can start your own worm box at home. Worms are excellent recyclers of kitchen waste. Add coffee grounds, egg shells, vegetable scraps, fruit cores and rinds as well as starch-based foods to the worm box. Avoid adding an excessive amount of meat, fat or vinegar-based foods to the worm box.
- Cultivate rose bushes lightly to avoid root damage.Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
Organic compost, from the home compost pile, is an ideal rose fertilizer. Rich in nitrogen, potassium, calcium and micro-nutrients required for plant growth, organic compost will not burn your rose plant. Sprinkle 1 to 2 inches of compost around the base of the rose bush and cultivate lightly.
Shredded newspaper, torn cardboard, kitchen scraps including coffee grounds, egg shells, vegetable peelings, fruit rinds and table scraps can all be added to the home compost pile. A home compost pile is an excellent way to recycle and provides nutrient-rich, cost-free fertilizer for your roses.
- Provide roses with 1 to 2 inches of water per week.Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
Mix equal parts of Epsom salt, a rich source of magnesium sulfate, with bone meal and cotton seed meal. Bone meal and cottonseed meal provide rapidly dissolving nitrogen. Sprinkle around the base of the rose bush, cultivate lightly and water well.