How to Make Alfalfa Tea for a Rose Fertilizer

tea is probably the best rose fertilizer you can use. It’s easy and
inexpensive to make and it’s organic. It won’t burn your plants, can be
used once or twice a month and is also good for other flowering shrubs
and perennials. I would not recommend it for Rugosa roses however; they
prefer not to be fertilized.

  • Sit a 30-gallon trash can in a sunny location away from the house (this mixture will get stinky as it ages).
  • Fill the trash can with rain water or tap water that has been
    allowed to sit overnight. If the water contains chlorine, you want that
    to evaporate.
  • Pour in at least 16 cups of alfalfa meal, alfalfa pellets, or
    several small bales of alfalfa hay.  Generally, you can find alfalfa in
    some form or another at a farm supply store or a good quality pet shop.
    Make sure the only thing in it is alfalfa.
  • Stir the mixture, cover with lid and let it sit for one day. Come
    back on the second day and stir the mixture and then add one cup of
    Epsom salts. Allow the mixture to sit for 7-10 days, stirring at least
    once each day. You will know the mixture is ready when it gets very
    stinky and is foamy on top.
  • On the day you will be using the mixture, do not stir it. You want
    to keep the sludge on the bottom. To use the mixture, simply dip a
    bucket or watering can into the liquid, being careful not to disturb the
    sludge on the bottom. Pour directly on top of the soil around each rose
    bush. Use at least 2-gallons per rose bush.
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