Should I Add Fertilizer To My New Rose Bush? - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, CA
Question by bai_tairu
June 8, 2003
I bought a beautiful thornless Monrovia rose bush, Smooth Lady, a few days ago and immediately re-potted it to a bigger pot. I also added vitamin B1 right after the transfer.

I'm wondering whether I should add one of those Job's systemic fertilizer (embedded in the roots) that lasts for 8 weeks on my rose bush. I mean the plant is huge and it seems to have healthy enough roots.

Or should I wait further, until it adjusts to its new pot and grows new roots before adding any fertilizer to it?

Answer from NGA
June 8, 2003


You're wise in being cautious not to overwhelm your new rose, but roses are heavy feeders, and the fertilizer stake is slow-release. So, go ahead and add one to the soil. It should begin to release nutrients just about the time your rose's roots have become established. Best wishes with your new rose!

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