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Post by SueH on 20th August 2014, 13:20

I believe now is the time to start feeding my roses - I think!  I usually give them Sudden Impact but wonder what other members use.  I read the topic on Munn's Better Bloom and wonder if this is better or what!  Advice please experts!  We're not worthy

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Post by neptune on 20th August 2014, 13:58

Depends on when you pruned them, Sue,....but Seamungus is a safe bet on or after pruning.....
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Post by SueH on 20th August 2014, 16:05

I pruned them mid July.  Haven't used Seamungus before.  What exactly is it please?  Have seen it lots of times!

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Post by neptune on 20th August 2014, 16:40

Hope this will help

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Post by brettv68 on 20th August 2014, 17:31

Neptune how much do you use per rose?
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Post by neptune on 20th August 2014, 18:17

brettv68 wrote:Neptune how much do you use per rose?


Nothing hard ...handful per bush...by giving light , you can repeat every 3-4 weeks...
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Post by brettv68 on 20th August 2014, 18:20

Thanks Neptune!
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st August 2014, 06:30

I like liquid ferts, IMO they get to the plant a bit quicker, powered types, I normally soak in water then water on, anything pelleted, I crush/soak, then water in. As for slow release, the jury is still out here. The thing we are doing a lot of is 'worm juice' work. We had a long talk to a fella at our Field Days about the type of farms. He works for a company that sells one of the makes, in fact I think he might own part of it, he lives on the south coast of NSW(Wollongong) and is basically sand, along with the castings and some soil improvements he is having great results with juice.
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Post by Ausrose on 21st August 2014, 11:32

David a few years back I did some experiments with worm juice and the results surprised me. I must admit it wasn't an extensive experiment and one swallow doesn't make a summer but the results were encouraging. I dropped off the worm juice because it was very expensive. Do you have any details on the product you refer to as it might be a proposition if it isn't too expensive?

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 21st August 2014, 12:32

We actually have a small farm(worm), after talking to this fella and how to make it work properly we have abundant juice. I saw a paddock of oats a couple of years ago, half done with juice half not, amazing difference between the two.
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Post by Balinbear on 21st August 2014, 15:58

Ausrose wrote:David a few years back I did some experiments with worm juice and the results surprised me. I must admit it wasn't an extensive experiment and one swallow doesn't make a summer but the results were encouraging. I dropped off the worm juice because it was very expensive. Do you have any details on the product you refer to as it might be a proposition if it isn't too expensive?

It is amazing how a persons brain works. I saw the word swallow after experiment and I thought "*censored* he has drunk the stuff"

Then I read the rest of it a bit slower.
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Post by SueH on 21st August 2014, 16:06

LOLOL!!!  I should stick to the vino or beer Gary!  Much safer!!

Thanks John.  I think I'll give it a go.  Have been using Seasol for years, but think this may be better.  Will also try David's trick of crushing before use.  I have often wondered about the granulated stuff and how effective it is over liquid.

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Post by SueH on 21st August 2014, 16:09

John, do you also use a rose fertiliser, ie. Sudden Impact etc.?  How often do you apply such a thing?   Coming up Roses

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Post by neptune on 21st August 2014, 17:08

SueH wrote:.  Will also try David's trick of crushing before use.  I have often wondered about the granulated stuff and how effective it is over liquid.

Save yourself some crushing time and get yourself the granulated bucket(it has the green top bucket- 9kg)...same...same...no different in constitution...
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Post by neptune on 21st August 2014, 17:16

SueH wrote:John, do you also use a rose fertiliser, ie. Sudden Impact etc.?  How often do you apply such a thing?   Coming up Roses

Sue, I just don't use Sudden Impact only.......I am always on the lookout for different fertilizers and experiment with a lot to see what makes my bushes explode in my seaside sand/soil. I find that the best medicine for roses or really any plant is to look after the soil and keep it balanced as much as possible. IMHO, I think looking after the soil is more important than foliar feeding.....the nutrients in the soil only last so long before the ferocious feeders suck it dry
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Post by Ausrose on 21st August 2014, 19:37

   Bear about 6yrs ago I was at a talk given by a rep from Natrakelp (a seaweed solution) about the product. As the talk progressed it went in direction I was finding hard to make sense. As the talk progressed I thought this bloke is going to take a swig of the solution and he did.

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Post by SueH on 22nd August 2014, 13:07

I fear "we" are now turning in to a grog forum!  Hmmmm ...... Seasol on the Rocks!  Hmmmm...... nice colour, don't think much of the bouquet!  .......   'Merry' 

Seriously though, John you are quite right!  looking after the soil is the secret. However, I do feel feeding the brutes is also beneficial as far as flower arranging goes!  

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Post by SueH on 26th August 2014, 13:51

Has anyone tried the "new" fertiliser called Truforte? (?spelling)  It's supposed to be great for the soil.

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Post by Ausrose on 26th August 2014, 16:05

I looked up Dr Google and found the name of the fertilizer you speak of is Troforte and is an Australian owned family business. This is a positive. I would suggest you try it and  let us know the results.
I use Sudden Impact as my base  fertilizer and have found it to be very good. Originally I started to use Sudden Impact because it was tested then recommended by a number of well known nurseries as well as the South Australia Rose Society. Since then it has been tested and recommended by numerous other groups.

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Post by SueH on 26th August 2014, 16:30

Yes Doug, I also heard it was recommended by various well establish groups! (for wont of a better word!).  I will try Troforte; they are flogging it to death on the Garden Guru's program on TV!  Must have shares in it! Very Happy

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Post by neptune on 26th August 2014, 16:49

I tried Triforte Fert O lawn when Neutrog took Sudden Impact for Lawns off the market, (now they have brought it back on the market, maybe with different minerals). Best fertilizer I have found for lawns the Sudden Impact.
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Post by SueH on 27th August 2014, 12:25

I have to admit John, I find Sudden Impact for Roses to be very good.  I'm trying to improve the soil (see, I do listen - sometimes!) as  the garden is new to me and I've just made a new garden bed, I thought I'd put some Troforte on too.  Dug it over again yesterday and the number of worms is great, so it can't be too bad.  I just thought I'd help things along, with greedy plants growing there.

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