Alfalfa is to Roses what Kale is to Humans. Ridiculously good for whatever ails you.
Alfalfa is a common forage crop rich in nitrogen and other trace nutrients.
You can purchase alfalfa in pelleted or meal form from any livestock feed store in 50 lb (22.6 kg) bags for a very reasonable price.
You can also buy it in smaller quantities at your local plant nursery, or have them order it in, but it will cost you a lot more.
If you are concerned about buying such a big bag, don’t be. If you have room to store the alfalfa in a cool, dry place it won’t go bad and you can use it for years to come. Or divvy it up among your other rose growing friends.
How much do you need? A cup and a half worked into the soil around of each rose bush in the spring will encourage growth and flowering.
But you don’t need to stop there.
Vegetables appreciate a sprinkling of alfalfa as well.
Many gardeners report record crops of beets, beans, peas and more simply by working alfalfa meal or pellets into the soil before sowing.
It is also a great addition to the compost pile. Add a cup or two every time you add a layer to your bin for an extra rich compost.
You might find the problem isn’t having too much alfalfa, but not enough!