Going 'Ape' Over Roses

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Introduction: Going 'Ape' Over Roses

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The simple and cheap-o way to have luscious roses that are pest and disease free is to feed them Bananas! Peels and all.

Step 1: Prepare the Area

Since I don't have any place where I want to put roses in the ground we are going to repeat the set up process for container gardening done in this earlier instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Successful-Container-Gardening/ except we are going to add banana peels to the soil.

Put some bark, stones, packing worms, etc., anything that will not pack down in the bottom of the container.

Stand a cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll, paper towel roll or gift wrap roll depending on the depth of your container.

Pack more dirt around the cardboard tube about 1/3 of the way up to keep it upright and toss some chopped banana peels on top of the dirt, finish filling the container with dirt and fill the tube with more drainage material.

If you are planting in the ground just toss the banana peels in the bottom of the hole. If they are already planted just bury some whole over ripened bananas or chopped banana peels an inch or two deep within the root zone and forget using things like fertilizer, sprays that can be harmful to kids and pets or dusts that distract from the true beauty of your roses.

Step 2: Plant Your Roses

Plant your roses in the soil spreading the root ball out and adding more soil to cover the root ball if necessary.

Step 3: Water Your Roses

Water your roses in and around the cardboard tube to get even distribution through the soil and to the root system.

Step 4: Add the Pest Control

Don't forget the pest control as mentioned in this instructable on successful container gardening:
https://www.instructables.com/id/S4I43XWFVRRFTMO/

Coat the inside of plastic lids like frosting, yogurt or cottage cheese with Vaseline or Karo Syrup and place sticky side up in the container.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Roses

This miracle monkey food has everything your roses and other fruit and flower bearing plants need to reach their full potential; calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silica, sodium and sulfur.

The best part? You can repeat this process whenever you feel like it so if you have some bananas that are too far gone to eat your roses will love them and you haven't wasted your money on fruit gone bad.

Step 6: UPDATE 1 Month Later

This is what my Roses look like one month later following these instructions compared to the second picture below..

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    We have a bit of a Gnat problem in my area.....do you think this will attract more? (we have to take things like banana peels, etc outside immediately after use of the fruit so they don't get too bad).

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    Hi Goodhart nice seeing you again. Since the peels are buried I would think not, however if you follow the pest control method in step four it should trap and eliminate the gnat population if they do show up.

    Thanks, our gnat problem is really bad. So, I will try your pest control first, and if effective in cutting them down in population, then go on to the next step :-)

    I think you will be happy with the results Goodhart.

    So far, I have had no takers in the Vaseline.....maybe I should try the syrup....they seem to avoid the lid I have coated...and land everywhere else.

    Syrup might be a better choice they will probably go for the sweetness

    I know they go ape over the bananas if we let them set out for more than an hour or so.... ;-)

    Did you bury the bananas?

    No, no buried bananas yet, but am still trying to get the gnats to light on the lid of vaseline / honey I have in their congregation area.

    You seem to have some pretty smart gnats maybe you cold catch them and sell them to a circus! lol ;)

    Hmmm, bill them as the Gnattiest (nattiest) circus in the world :-)

    LOL - But where would you find costumes for them?

    *falls to the floor laughing, oh Goodhart you are toooo funny!

    Oh no, I mean before we get a chance to eat them, they get to them and well, with a 24-48 hour gestation period, it doesn't take long before there are more then we need of the gnats :-) I suppose if I am able to trap them we could use THEM as fertilizer, there are so many of them now.

    So far, I have only gotten one in the lid.....but then, I have observed them landing directly ON the syrup, eating a bit, and then flying away. Our gnats must be stronger then your gnats LOL We have had some partial success with those super sticky fly strips they sell.....*shrug*. But they can't touch ANYTHING ELSE without making that surface gunky and waterproofed.

    Maybe you need a thicker application that they can get stuck in but from the way you describe it you have some hercilian gnats. Thats so weird because I change my lids out about every two weeks and they are full. Almost sounds like a freaky old horror flick ... Invasion of the Invincible Gnats. LOL

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about how much I have on the lid......I will get back to you to let you know if I had success or had to, once again, resort to those VERY nasty long sticky fly strips.

    Thanks Goodhart, we can keep searching for a way too.

    Thanks Dee