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Can Miracle-Gro Rose Feed be used for different plants as well?

I have a nice 40ft rose garden…but my soil is clay and we have large trees in our yard that are just sucking the nutrients from my flower beds and I was just wondering if I had to invest in different fertilizer or if I could just use what I have

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7 Responses to “Can Miracle-Gro Rose Feed be used for different plants as well?”

  1. Roz Madrid on April 24th, 2010 9:05 pm

    It should be just fine for other flowering plants, too.

  2. duffie_1999 on April 24th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Use it only for roses. They have different requirements than other types of plants. Miracle Gro for Roses is pretty cheap and not worth risking your beautiful garden to save a few bucks. You can get the WalMart generic for even less.

  3. darn Harry on April 24th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Roses like at least 4 hours of sun and a good soil. There are plants that like the same nutrients as roses and I suspect that on the label that’s on your fertilizer container will have a list of plants that you can use it on. You might need to remove your soil and replace it with soil that roses like or plant them in a raised bed.

  4. Lindsey from kiddiegardens.com on April 24th, 2010 10:15 pm

    Hi

    there is no reason you can’t use the rose feed for other plants as well, but it does depend on what sort of flowering plants you have – hydrangeas for instance need a different sort of mix.

    Also, specific rose feed is more expensive than a general fertilizer, so you might actually be better off getting a more general fertilizer for the other flower beds anyway and keeping the rose one just for the roses.

    Long term, it may be a good idea to generally improve the soil in the flower beds. Add compost to them spring and autumn and dig it in as best you can without disturbing the roots. You can also spread organic mulch around the plants in the flower beds – this will have a double benefit: as the mulch breaks down, it will add valuable nutrients to the soil, and it will prevent the ground from getting baked hard … which reduces its capacitiy to hold water.

    As an aside, rose fertilizer is really good for strawberries, as they belong to the same family!

    Hope that helps and good luck!

  5. 65% water on April 24th, 2010 11:04 pm

    Sure, but as others have pointed out the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium have to be correct for the type of plant you’re fertilizing. I try to find a feed with a pretty even ratio (the label will say 10-10-10, 2-2-2 or similar), and I’ve had luck with tomato food. That way I can dilute it to about a quarter of the recommended strength and use it on just about everything.

  6. reynwater on April 24th, 2010 11:24 pm

    Roses like acid fertilizer. If your other plants like acid (azalea, camelia, gardenia…), fine, if not wouldn’t use it on them.

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