Espoma Rose Tone

Espoma Rose-tone is an all-natural, organic plant food that can be used to add nutrients and beneficial microbes to the soil to improve soil quality and provide nutrition for roses, flowering perennials, shrubs, and trees.

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How to Use & When to Apply:

To plant bare-root roses, dig a hole about 12 inches across and 18 inches deep. Add peat moss and 3 cups of Rose-tone to the soil and mix thoroughly, and use this mixture to partially refill the hole. Make a cone of soil to place the plant on, and spread the roots evenly. Add 4 to 5 inches of soil around the roots, so the graft union is just below ground level. Fill hole to within 2 to 3 inches of top, fill with water and allow to soak in. Finish filling hole.

For potted roses, follow instructions on container for planting, either planting the rose in the container or directly into the soil. Add peat moss and 3 cups of Rose-tone to the soil removed from the planting hole and mix thoroughly. Fill the hole with enough Rose-tone/soil mix to bring the container or plant soil level to the same depth as the surrounding area.

For established plants, apply 1¼ cups of Rose-tone and work into the top inch of soil, then water. Reapply monthly during growing season.

For established rose beds, spread 6 pounds per 100 square feet of bed area and work into the top inch of soil. Reapply monthly during growing season.

Pros to Using Espoma Rose-tone

  • This product can be used for other trees, shrubs, and perennials
  • This blend is formulated to be a complete food for roses
  • Organic fertilizer nourishes soil and plants without adding extra chemicals
  • Fertilizing and adding organic matter to soil improves the quality of the soil, which in turn nourishes the plant

 Cons to Using Espoma Rose-tone

  • Rose-tone is a slow-release fertilizer, not fast-acting like some formulas
  • More expensive than some other rose foods

Available Sizes:

Espoma Rose Tone 4-pound bag

The 4-pound size is a good size for just a few rose bushes or a small flower garden.

Espoma Rose Tone 18-pound bag

The 18-pound size is the perfect size for a small to mid-sized rose garden, or for use in a mixed rose and flower bed.

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