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When to quit fertilizing?

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    Hi!
    I have a quick question. I was told by the girls at the shop (I work in a floral shop) never to fertilize an Orchid during blooming because it will speed the process and the blooms will fade quicker.
    Common sense tells me to stop fertilizing one now, under those circumstances. However, I have another Cattleya that has the tiniest buds at the moment. When do I take a break from fertilizing? --Immediately, or when the buds are larger and more mature?
    Thanks!

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    I've never heard of stopping fertilizing during blooming, but I suppose it sounds logical. However, its important for the plant to receive nutrients so that another new growth will develop after the blooming has ceased, so I don't know if it would be wise to stop fertilizing. I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks on this topic, its a new one to me!

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    We always fertilize; weakly - weekly.

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    Same here , Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    We always fertilize; weakly - weekly. Cheers,
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    Me too, but 3 weeks out of four; fourth week is a plain water flush. I suppose growing on a window sill gives the orchids a different, less opportunistic culture than a greenhouse does. A companion question is what fertilizer. My fertilizer is 19-31-17. Not textbook, but it definitely works for my collection growing in my culture. Joe

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    Are you hydroponic or S/H, Joe? Moss or bark in the mix?

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    Personally in hot country like mine I prefer not to fertilize through my observation the flowers fade very fast probably they are to sensitive during this time (maybe the influence of hormone and certain electrolyte in the fertilizer) and the perfume also stopped after you fertilizing the orchids. I love the orchids smells except bulbo and certain orchid species........nauseated. Everybody have their own pro. and con.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm View Post
    Are you hydroponic or S/H, Joe? Moss or bark in the mix?
    I use a bark mix that I get from a local commercial breeder/greenhouse that specializes in orchids. Joe

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    Hmmmm....okay. Now I'm not sure what to do...I think I'll skip fertilizing the one with huge buds this week and water it with worm tea instead and I'll continue fertilizing the one with tiny buds as usual....for now. Such decisions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    Me too, but 3 weeks out of four; fourth week is a plain water flush. I suppose growing on a window sill gives the orchids a different, less opportunistic culture than a greenhouse does. A companion question is what fertilizer. My fertilizer is 19-31-17. Not textbook, but it definitely works for my collection growing in my culture. Joe
    For Catts I fertilize all year. I do have a few species that i stop fertilization on...hey I even have some that I don't water for 6 months of the year, LOL.

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