>Care and Feeding – Alfalfa Tea 101


Alfalfa Tea 101
In reading American Rose magazine, and many online posts about care and feeding of roses I have read about the benefits of Alfalfa Tea. I have read that it improves the luster of your foliage and makes for a healthier plant, so I decided to try some.
I bought my alfalfa meal from the friendly folks at Hannas Garden Shop in Birmingham. I used a 30 gallon trash can to mix the brew. I took the recipe from an article I found online once.
A cup of alfalfa meal for each gallon of water. I also mixed in 2 cups of epsom salts. I have 12 bushes to feed, so it was :
  • 12 cups of meal
  • 2 cups epsom salts
  • 12 gallons of water.

Mix with a shovel, and let steep for two days in the sun. Mixing daily.

After two days, I filled gallon pitchers and poured around the base of the plants. Any meal left in the bottom of the trash can, I scooped out and placed around the plants. It looks bad for a day or so, but the effects are worth it.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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