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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

DIY Homemade Household Rose Care.

Today we are offering a super-easy rose care tip and all you need is a leftover banana peel! Come and take a look at our DIY Homemade Household Rose Care... 


I am writing this up on Tuesday, knowing full well my usual Wednesday post is a food recipe. Sorry for the change of schedule, but a funny thing happened on the way to preparing and writing up Wednesday's post. Our stove gave out! Right when I had 4 loaves of whole wheat and honey bread ready to slip into the preheated oven, that as it turned out, was not preheated, at all! 

Which led to a change of plans for dinner from baked Swiss Steak to, by the seat of my pants Instant-Pot Swiss SteakOnce dinner was decided upon I still had one more chore to complete for the day, and that's when it struck me, maybe others might want to know that roses love bananas...

With our house on the market for sale, I had already made the decision to de-landscape a couple of the garden beds. One bed had to be taken completely apart, with all the large flower pots emptied and set aside. Those pots were in the way, and the house is to be painted this week. Since that flower bed is where my yellow rose was, it was time to re-pot it and give it a feeding. 



This yellow rose was planted in remembrance of my Grandmother Carter. She loved yellow roses and I have planted one in every home I have lived in. But this time I made the decision that since this rose bush was still rather small, I should just take it with me! Winter was hard on this little lady. Most of the growth above ground died in our cold winter weather. I was actually afraid the whole bush was a total loss...

But once I saw all the new growth coming on strong around the base I knew everything was going to be fine, and I got busy repotting it for the trip across Montana once we close on the house. Something I need to remember to do three or four times a year is to feed the rose bushes in my garden a banana peel. Yep, a banana peel! As it turns out, roses grow better with a little banana peel every now and again. 

Plus it is frugal and easy, taking about three minutes to complete. Come and take a peek at how easy it is to feed your roses for free. 

Items needed for this project:
  • banana peel for each rose
  • kitchen scissors or a knife
  • long handle wooden or plastic spoon
  • cutting board
Let's get started, shall we!


This leftover banana peel is exactly what my little rose bush needs. A few snips with a knife or pair of kitchen scissors is all it takes to make rose food. 



Take the banana peel, and cut off the top and bottom ends. Take the remaining peel and tear it into thin strips. I made four strips out of this banana peel. Roll up the strips, press lightly and they will most likely stay rolled up until they are placed into the soil.  



From the kitchen, outside we went...



Use the handle of the spoon to make a hole in the soil. Rotate the handle around a bit to make the hole wide enough for the banana peel pieces to be slipped into the holes. Since I had six pieces, including both ends, I made six holes evenly spaced around the rose bush.



Insert the banana peel pieces. 



Cover the banana peel pieces with soil and water as needed. And that is it! 

The banana peel will break down and essentially compost in the planter, which will feed the rose bush. Repeat two or three times a year for beautiful blooms. And while this may not be a complete rose care system, it is a pretty good one and makes use of what you already have on hand. 

Happy gardening!
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  1. I always have bananas (and, of course) their peels on hand, so it's easy to snip up a peel for my kinda sad-looking roses. Thanks!

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    1. I try to bury a banana peel around each rose a few times a year. It is so easy and as it breaks down is perfect rose food. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love roses. I even use "rose" soap, rosehip skin care, rose scents.

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    1. There is nothing better than a vase of roses in a room...thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sounds like a great idea but with me having no sign of a possible green thumb, I'm sure this would not work for me :( Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 77. Pinned.

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    1. Dee, thanks so much! I'm with you, I don't have much of a green thumb, but this I can do!

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  4. Your "recipes" are always so helpful.

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    1. My favorite way to manage my household is to be as frugal as possible and kind to the environment. And this one works!

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  5. I love roses and this is a fabulous trick to keep roses blooming, I suppose it is the potassium that the roses love, clever rolling the peels before pushing into the soil.
    Thank you for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday.
    Have a great week!

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  6. Great tip! I'll try it with the banana peels.

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    1. Judy I hope this works well for you, it sure is easy enough! My roses seem to bloom better with this easy treatments a few times a year.

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  7. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party - hope you are having a fabulous week.

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  8. Thanks for putting this together and sharing!

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