The Wonders of Foliar Feeding
Today, some of the worst problems any rose grower can face, be they novices or experts, are diseases. These come in the form of such horrors as Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Rust amongst others. The only foolproof way to keep these monsters away from your garden is simple, have no plants. However, a garden without plants looks rather bare, so of course, this simply isn't an option. So what can we, as gardeners, do to combat the growing problem of disease? Of course, the answer most people come to is spraying with fungicides and pesticides to keep back the waves of disease and pests. However, at the Country Garden Plant Centre, we have found that Foliar Feeding is a much better way of keeping our roses looking beautiful and healthy all year around. We used to spray our nursery of 30,000 roses at least once a week with fungicides to keep black spot and rust away, but nothing we did could keep downy mildew at bay. After reading an article somewhere about a man who used foliar feeding on his large garden at home, we decided to give it a shot. We began Foliar Feeding in 2012, as soon as the leaves started to show on our roses. Since then, we feed them regularly through the growing season. Since we began foliar feeding, we've seen a huge dip in the number of roses suffering from downy and powdery mildew, and the amount of roses to suffer with rust and black spot through the season is less than half of what it was before. Foliar Feeding is what keeps our roses looking strong and healthy throughout the year, so if it can do wonders with our roses, why not try it with yours?