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Fertilizing Phals and Paphs

This is a discussion on Fertilizing Phals and Paphs within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; MSU is Michigan State University. It is a fertilizer developed by MSU. Cheers, BD...

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    MSU is Michigan State University. It is a fertilizer developed by MSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyhock View Post
    Thanks John D. for your comments and reassurance. I don't know what MSU means so whether this fertilizer is one of those or not, I have no idea.

    Many thanks,
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    MSU fertilizer was developed at Michigan State University and I think it usually has a low middle number (like 13-3-15) but then they usually list those numbers with the Ca and Mg listed on the end as well (like 13-3-15-8Ca-2Mg).

    I have used this-and I guess I'm fairly happy with it. I do the weakly-weekly thing.

    After reading this thread however, I'm tempted to go looking for something with more even numbers and maybe also a bloom booster for fall/winter. Stuff is blooming in my house, but I feel like it could be way better....hmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtequine View Post
    MSU fertilizer was developed at Michigan State University and I think it usually has a low middle number (like 13-3-15) but then they usually list those numbers with the Ca and Mg listed on the end as well (like 13-3-15-8Ca-2Mg).

    I have used this-and I guess I'm fairly happy with it. I do the weakly-weekly thing.

    After reading this thread however, I'm tempted to go looking for something with more even numbers and maybe also a bloom booster for fall/winter. Stuff is blooming in my house, but I feel like it could be way better....hmm....
    I think that the general consensus in the orchid growing community is the MSU formula with low Phosphate, and containing calcium and magnesium is superior to balanced fertilizer. There is an article about this on the American Orchid Society web site American Orchid Society

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