Alfalfa has long been associated with being used in livestock feed, but many rose growers have found it to be a “secret weapon”. Alfalfa has been found to boost bloom production and increase basal breaks.
Basal breaks are when a new shoot develops at the bud union or graft site of the rose bush. Basal breaks are a rose grower’s boon because they mean vigorous growth and bloom production. The new growth is some times used for cuttings.
What Makes Alfalfa So Special For Roses?
As alfalfa decomposes it releases a chemical called triacontanol. Triacontanol is a natural growth stimulant for roses and other plants. This stimulant has an extraordinary reaction when it is absorbed by the rose bush root system. The roses produce more growth, brighter, fuller blooms and plenty of basal breaks.
Alfalfa Hay For Roses
There are several ways you can use alfalfa when growing your roses. Alfalfa hay can be used as a mulch around rose bushes. As the hay decomposes it adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil. This can be a relatively slow process and the hay can mat after repeated wettings. This matting can cause issues such as water runoff.
Alfalfa Pellets and Meals For Roses
Alfalfa pellets and meals can be used to provide the benefits of alfalfa to your roses. Simply sprinkle a few handfuls of alfalfa pellets around the rose bushes and water in.
Alfalfa meal is basically ground up alfalfa cubes or pellets. This is much quicker because it decomposes faster, getting the good stuff to the roots quicker. The con to this process is mainly aesthetics – if you want gorgeous looking roses the pellets and meal can be somewhat unsightly.
If you use alfalfa pellets make sure it is not the kind used as rabbit feed. These pellets can contained unwanted sugars.
Alfalfa Tea For Roses
Using an alfalfa tea is the quick and easy way to get the powerful nutrients to the roots of your roses. This is done by collecting alfalfa leaves, drying them out, then allowing the leaves to steep in water for a few days.
This can be time consuming, back-breaking work.
Authentic Haven Brand has already done all the hard work for you by offering a convenient alfalfa tea bag.
Our alfalfa tea bags are filled with all-natural alfalfa that has already been dried and is ready for brewing. Alfalfa is grown naturally at the Haven Ranch in permanent, native pastures that are absent of any pesticides or herbicides – just as nature intended!
Authentic Haven Brand Alfalfa Tea is the perfect way to feed your roses and show them the love they deserve.
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