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Post by SueH on 19th August 2013, 12:56

Can anyone advise on the use of Potash and using it with roses please? I got some from my son's wood burning stove (red gum) and have been told you can use it for fertilizing roses. I believe it has alkaline properties and I don''t think roses like this! More acid I think(?) Any thoughts anyone?

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Post by paulh on 19th August 2013, 22:03

Well Sue, imo using potash would be a good idea if you are using fertilizers that don't contain any, having said that, a lot of fertilizers these days do contain it.
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Post by neptune on 19th August 2013, 23:59

when using the ash from the fire, spread it thinly as you don't know the % of potash it contains. Where is in a packet you know what you are getting
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Post by Ausrose on 20th August 2013, 05:27

Being an exhibitor I tend to use more potash than the average rosarian in my quest for prize winning blooms. In the past I have used soluable potash recently I came across and purchased a liquid form of potash which I am planning to use in my pots.

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Post by SueH on 20th August 2013, 11:36

Thanks, some good points. Um, I know Sudden Impact etc, contains potsh, but I wonder about using it with Rooster Booster?!

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Post by neptune on 20th August 2013, 12:37

not a problem...
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Post by SueH on 20th August 2013, 12:44

Great! Thanks Neptune. I'll remember to spread it thinly though.

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Post by Balinbear on 20th August 2013, 16:49

Searles sell a liquid potash that is absorbed faster. We tried it last year and it seemed to work alright though at our place it is a bit hard to tell as the quality of blooms depends more on the weather.

Surprisingly it worked out a lot cheaper than buyer it in a bag.
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Post by SueH on 20th August 2013, 17:58

Thanks Balinbear. That certainly is worth knowing! It would certainly be less messy! Will use the ashes - (no pun intended cricketing people!) - I have at the moment and see how I go. How often should they be use, about the same number of times as fertilizer or ??

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Post by Ausrose on 20th August 2013, 18:41

I know of two brands of liquid potash on he market these being Searles and Manutec. Earlier in the year I used Searles liquid potash on Hilde and Benardella Ruby miniatures in pots and wow the results were sensational. I don't believe the liquid potash was the only reason the blooms were spectacular however it definitely played a major role.

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Post by neptune on 20th August 2013, 18:49

when do you use the potash, Doug?.....
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Post by Ausrose on 21st August 2013, 12:35

Normally I start applying potash in solution when the buds appear however in the case in question I applied liquid potash regularly after I planted the miniatures last year.

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Post by SueH on 21st August 2013, 13:16

Sorry to be a pain Ausrose, but when you say regularly, what do you mean? Once a month or more or less?

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Post by Ausrose on 21st August 2013, 17:03

As far as I can remember it would have been about once a month on average.

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Post by SueH on 21st August 2013, 18:21

Thanks Ausrose!

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