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Orchid Detox - The experiment begins

This is a discussion on Orchid Detox - The experiment begins within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Becky15349 But one additional question: what is your hypothesis? My hypothesis: Excessive ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    But one additional question: what is your hypothesis?
    My hypothesis:
    Excessive "performance enhancing" products are counter productive to orchid plant and flower quality.

    The plants were regularly dosed with "performance enhancing" ingredients advertised to promote better plant growth and more beautiful flowers and better tolerance to environmental stress.
    With this experiment, I intend to validate if the substances:
    1. Are working as advertised and do deliver better plant performance.
    2. Are actually hindering the plant's growth instead of enhancing it.
    3. Are doing nothing at all and is causing a placebo effect on the growers.

    The main process will be a "reverse process" experiment.
    Instead of introducing suspected harmful substances to previously sterile subjects, the suspected harmful substances will be omitted from the test subjects already exposed to said substances.
    **Imagine an experiment where you deflate a helium balloon to see if it loses altitude, as opposed to introducing helium into a balloon to see if it gains altitude.
    **Another experiment of this fashion is to have a frequent aspirin user stop taking aspirin to see if the mysterious symptoms stop occurring.

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    Alright! Its official now.

    There is nothing else that officially commences an experiment better than this:
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    Stand aside! I got a notebook.

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    Okay--clearly I am going to have to get a notebook for my fertilizer experiment! I'm already behind the curve.

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    What a great idea..

    I've heard this adage from more than one person, but I've never tested it:

    "It doesn't matter what you feed them as long as you feed them."

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    I use 5 drops per gallon to get a plant established then 1 drop per gallon once a month. I think it has more to do with how often or at what concentration you use it that leads to deformities.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    John...I would be more conservative with the Super thrive...I was using it for awhile and started getting some flower deformities...I had posted somewhere about it and I have not been the only one to have run into problems using this product.

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    Remember that Epsom salts can not be added to the fertilizer stock tank because it contains calcium (calcium-based fertilizers and Epsom salts are not compatible), so it will have to be applied separately.
    This may be what was causing your problem depending what your fertilizer actually is...
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    Experiment notes, as well as general orchid progress notes are now viewable on my blog.

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    Ok folks, we have made it past the 6-month mark and the plants are still doing great.
    I do not think that they missed any of the other "plant vitamins" that I have discontinued back in July 2008.

    It is still considered the very early stages of the growing season so it is still hard to tell if the plants will grow better quality pseudobulbs, leaves and flowers. I will need a few more months for that.
    But for now, the main observation is that none of the plants seem to have suffered from removing all the extra foods and vitamins that I used to feed them.
    If anything, the plants' growth behaviors seem to have become more stable and regular.

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    John, thanks for the update.

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    Interesting , I am following along reading the results . Gin

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