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Banana Peels in Roses?

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by Deborah L. on April 22, 2006 07:32 AM
I've heard that putting banana peels under rose bushes keeps aphids and other pests away. Has anyone tried this? If it's true, wouldn't it work on other plants as well?

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by Wrennie on April 22, 2006 11:52 PM
I heard burying banana peels near your rose bushes adds potassium and is good for them. Never heard the aphid thing. Unless aphids dont like potassium. [dunno]

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by tkhooper on April 23, 2006 01:52 AM
definitely good potassium. I don't know about the aphid thing either.

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by kyjoy on April 23, 2006 11:34 AM
I add banana peels, egg shells, and coffee grounds.
by murphyette on April 23, 2006 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by kyjoy:
I add banana peels, egg shells, and coffee grounds.
Yup...fish heads and epsom salts too.
It's a wonder my roses don't stink to high heaven.LOL

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by cinta on April 24, 2006 01:40 PM
I read to keep bugs off your roses plant Allium (ornamental onions). I have a lot of them planted around my roses and I do not get any bugs on it. I do not know if it works or if it is a rose the bugs do not like. But it has been in the ground 15+ years without any problems.

I also use the banana peels and epsom salt in the soil around my roses.

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by Deborah L. on April 24, 2006 01:56 PM
What is the epsom salt for?

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by cinta on April 24, 2006 07:17 PM
Someone posted a site about the benefits of epsom salt. I never knew why I just knew it worked. This is what the site said.

Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two components of Epsom Salt may:
Help seeds germinate
Make plants grow bushier
Produce more flowers
Increase chlorophyll production
Improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake

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by SpringFever on April 25, 2006 01:00 AM
http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/garden_benefits.htm
Here is the link from weezie's page about the salt..

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by twwright on April 25, 2006 04:59 AM
Yep, banana's, egg shells, coffee grounds and all kitchen scraps and garden wastes get put back in the garden soil. I have a compost bin in one corner of the yard but don't use manures to keep down the smell. I use worms to aid in the composting process which works fabulously! Wish I had known about worms and composting earlier.
I didn't know about Epsom salts!! Great information! I am going to use the 1/2cup of Epsom salts in a gallon of water on my just bought rose bush right now! Thanks! I'm so glad I found this web site.
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