What Is The Best Rose Feed?


As any experienced flower gardener will know, roses require a lot of attention and care in order to thrive and produce beautiful blooms throughout the season – and one key aspect of this is feeding them the right rose feed at the right times in order to provide them with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and flowering.

In this article, we will look at what rose feed is, why it’s important, different types available, when and how often to feed your roses, and some tips on applying different feeds effectively.

What is Rose Feed?

Rose feed is a specialised fertiliser which has been created specifically for roses, containing a balanced combination of the three main nutrients plants need: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

The ratio of these three nutrients depends on the type of feed you choose – some are higher in nitrogen than others, while some are higher in potash – but all rose feeds should contain a balance of all three elements in order to ensure your roses get everything they need from their food.

It’s important to note that rose feed should always be used as a supplement to other care such as watering and pruning, it won’t make up for letting your roses go without water or light for too long!

Why is it Important to Feed Roses?

Roses are heavy feeders, meaning they require more nutrients than most other plants in order to stay healthy and produce beautiful blooms throughout the season – especially if they’re planted in containers or pots which don’t have access to natural nutrients from the soil.

By giving your roses an appropriate rose feed throughout the growing season, you can ensure that they get all the essential elements they need for healthy growth and flowering without having to resort to chemical fertilisers which can damage their delicate roots or harm beneficial insects like bees.

Different Types of Rose Feeds

There are several different types of rose feeds available on the market today, each designed for different stages in a roses life cycle:
– Organic feeds such as seaweed extract or fish emulsion are great for providing an all-round boost during active growth periods,
– Nitrogen-rich feeds such as “Top Rose Gold” are perfect for encouraging leafy green growth after late winter pruning,
– Potassium-rich feeds such as “Tomorite” or “Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic” will help promote strong root development and flower production during flowering periods,
– Slow release feeds provide nutrition over an extended period of time, suitable if you don’t want to worry about frequent applications, and finally,
– Bloom boosters are high potash feeds designed specifically for getting those big showy blooms you love!

Benefits of Feeding Roses

Providing your roses with regular doses of rose feed throughout the growing season has several benefits: firstly, it will help promote strong plant growth over the course of the year, by giving them access to essential nutrients which might otherwise be lacking from soils with low nutrient levels or containers without access to natural sources, secondly, it will help encourage lush foliage which helps protect against pests like aphids by providing good airflow around leaves, thirdly it helps promote strong root development which can help protect against drought conditions, fourthly it encourages strong flower production over a longer period throughout summer, finally, nutrient rich soil encourages more earthworms – vital creatures who help aerate soil by burrowing through it!

Best Time To Feed Roses

The best time to start feeding your roses depends on when they begin flowering – if you have repeat blooming varieties then you should begin feeding around late February/early March when buds start forming, however if you have once-blooming varieties then wait until after their first flush has finished before starting feeding them again around late May/early June when buds start forming again for their second flush. It’s important not to start feeding too early as this can lead to excessive leafy green growth instead of flowers!

How Often Should You Feed Your Roses?

As a general rule, we recommend feeding every two weeks during active growth periods – however this may vary depending on your climate and soil conditions so always read product instructions first before applying any fertiliser!

If you have repeat bloomers then you may want to switch between nitrogen rich feed (such as Top Rose Gold) during early spring when leaves are starting form and potash rich feed (such as Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic) during summer when flowers begin forming – this will ensure that your plants get everything they need over the course of their life cycle!

Benefits Of Top Rose Gold

Top Rose Gold is one our favourite rose feeds because it contains high levels of nitrogen which promotes lush leafy green growth – perfect after late winter pruning when new leaves start forming!

It also contains trace elements like iron which helps maintain dark green colouring in leaves – great for encouraging those vibrant colours we love about our roses!

It also contains extra natural ingredients such as seaweed extract which helps keep soils healthy by encouraging beneficial microorganisms – perfect if your soil needs a bit extra care!

Benefits Of Tomorite Or Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic

Tomorite or Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic are both great choices during flowering periods because they contain higher amounts of potash than other types of rose feeds – perfect if your plants need an extra boost towards producing those big colourful blooms we all love so much!

Both products also contain trace elements like magnesium which encourages vibrant petal colours – ideal if you want your flowers looking their best during summer months!

Finally both products contain additional natural ingredients like seaweed extract which helps keep soils healthy by encouraging beneficial microorganisms – great if you have poor quality soil or containers without access to natural sources!

Techniques For Applying Rose Feeds

When applying any type of rose feed there are several techniques you can use: firstly try using a watering can with an attachable nozzle so that you can direct it directly onto roots at ground level, secondly try using compost tea made from composted organic matter mixed with water – this provides essential nutrients but also encourages beneficial microorganisms that help keep soils healthy, thirdly try using liquid concentrate mixed with water according to product instructions – this is great if you don’t have access to a watering can but still want accurate control over where/how much product gets applied, finally try using granules sprinkled directly onto soil surface – these work best with larger beds since coverage can be patchy but still provide important nutrition where needed most!


In conclusion, providing your roses with regular doses of appropriate rose feed throughout their life cycle is essential if you want those lush foliage and big colourful blooms we all love so much – especially since these plants require more nutrition than many other types due their heavy feeding habits!

Different types are available depending on what stage their life cycle is at but always read product instructions carefully before applying any fertiliser – there are plenty techniques available from liquid concentrates mixed into water through granules sprinkled onto soil surface so choose whatever works best for you depending on what area/container size needs covering!

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