Using Alfalfa in the garden - Knowledgebase Question

millbrae, Ca
Question by drmagsaysay
March 12, 2009
Alfafa was recommended for my roses. Can it be used also to any kind of plants, like gardenia, hydrangea, hollyhock, etc. thank you

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2009


While alfalfa pellets won't hurt your other plants, they won't do much to help them, either. As it disintegrates, alfalfa yields an alcohol, triacontanol, which roses seem to appreciate. They respond by producing new growth from the bud union, which makes roses produce more flowering stems. It won't have the same effect on other plants, but it won't hurt them, either.

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