Full disclosure up front: We’re not rose people. We’ve never particularly been fond of them, never liked getting stuck by the thorns when you dare get near, yet the last two houses we’ve purchased have included a snarling tangled rose bush for us to…enjoy? Deal with?
So, we're not rose people by nature-- but we've become rose people by nurture.
Well, the fact that we had no real background in raising roses—not to mention, actually removing this widow-maker from our yard seemed more trouble than it was worth— we figured we had to learn a bit about how to successfully cultivate roses. And that led us to three years of research (LOTS of reading up on what makes roses tick), experimentation (trial and error here, with the three big rose bushes we have in your yard) and talking with flower gardeners to come up with a soil amendment and fertilizer combo that would actually make roses thrive with as little extra work from us as possible.
And from that we developed Dulce Rosa (Latin for “sweet rose”)— the ideal blend of our Worm Compost and natural ingredients like kelp, alfalfa meal, sulfur and biochar.
We top dress our rose bushes twice a season with a couple pounds of Dulce Rosa to give them the boost they need to keep them blooming and growing strong. And, while they may not have been our first choice of perennial, we have to admit the lush green foliage peppered with bright red blooms does create an amazing focal point to the front of our house.
And when planting a rose bush, you can add 3-5 pounds of Dulce Rosa to the bottom of the hole to give the flowers a welcoming environment.
We’ve got Dulce Rosa available year-round in five pound bags ($17) or 15 pound bags ($45).
Steve & Corey Veldheer are organic yard & garden specialists in west Michigan.