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Fertilizing Roses

Roses are gorgeous and can provide wonderful color in the landscape, but they do have certain nutritional needs. Proper fertilization goes a long way towards keeping your rose bushes healthy and blooming.

Select a rose-special fertilizer with micronutrients and apply monthly from mid-February through November in North and Central Florida, and year-round in South Florida.

In summer, apply smaller amounts of fertilizer every two weeks, to prevent nutrients from leaching or washing away with the rain.

Read the label to determine the right amount of fertilizer to apply to each plant. An organic fertilizer like manure or a controlled-release fertilizer will provide slow-release nutrients to your roses.


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