An expert rose grower recently spoke at a “How to Grow Roses” workshop I attended. She recommended the use of rabbit food pellets that contained alfalfa as a type of supplemental organic fertilizer for rose bushes. She said the alfalfa in the pellets stimulated the nitrogen in the rose bushes and encouraged vigorous new growth.
Where to Buy Rabbit Food Alfalfa Pellets
Neither my children nor I ever had pet rabbits, so I asked the expert where I could buy rabbit food pellets. “Most pet supply stores will carry rabbit food pellets.” she said. “I buy mine in 50-pound bags. But I do have several hundred rose bushes. Rabbit food pellets can also be bought in 25-pound bags for about $20.00 a bag in the Southern California area.”
The speaker said we could also buy alfalfa horse food pellets, but that those pellets were much larger than rabbit food pellets. She told us that rabbit pellet food could be spread not only around rose bushes, but around perennial flowers and shrubs. One of our mums club members reported that she spread rabbit food pellets on the show chyrsanthemum plants she grew in pots last year. One of her mum blooms was huge, and won the best of show. She credited its size to the fact that she fed it what she fed the roses she grew to show.
How to Apply Rabbit Food Pellets to Rose Bushes
The expert rose grower recommended applying rabbit food pellets to rose bushes once a month, beginning when new growth appears in the spring. She suggests pushing aside the mulch around a rose bush and spreading about a quart of rabbit food pellets around its base.
The speaker told us that some rose growers prefer to make alfalfa tea with their rabbit pellets. They pour the tea around their roses. You can find out how to make alfalfa tea here:
Will Rabbit Pellets Attract Unwanted Wild Life to Your Garden?
The speaker warned us that rabbit food pellets might attract some of the wild life that lives in the San Gabriel Valley. Bears and deer could feed off the pellets in gardens located near the mountains. Squirrels, skunks, or possums roam the whole Valley and might enjoy the pellets, too. Her important instruction was to water the pellets immediately after placing them under the rose bushes. The water turns them from hard pellets into mush, and the mush doesn’t attract the roaming, undomesticated animals..
The next time you see my husband lugging a 25-pound bag of rabbit pellet food from the van to our garden, you can be sure we will not be feeding rabbits. We’ll be feeding our roses.