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horse manure

This is a discussion on horse manure within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; a few years ago I heard of people top dressing their Cyms with horse manure ...

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    a few years ago I heard of people top dressing their Cyms with horse manure and recently have been reading on, a now deceased grower, who grew his orchids in manure as the medium. Has anyone here used manure?

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    I've used it on my fast growing dendros. Man did they grow!!! They're twice the thickness and height of what they normally were.
    Just make sure that the manure is TOTALLY dry before using it.

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    Wow, I guess I have to try some manure next spring. I have some processed chicken manure that I use for my other plants. But it does smell like manure, so it is not suitable for soon-to-bloom orchids.

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    I use seabird guano (bird poop) on my house plants diluted with water.

    Anyway, here's a little info comparing horse and chicken manure:

    "Horse manure contains about 4% nitrogen and breaks down harmful salts in the soil better than steer manure at 1% nitrogen, or your beloved chicken manure at 7 to 9% nitrogen.
    Chicken manure will give you a big nitrogen punch in case of chlorosis (yellowing between leaf veins). But you want to make sure to work the manure into the soil 4” from the plant stem and 4” from the roots so you’re not burning roots and leaves or overdosing on nitrogen which results in too much foliar growth. Water well, and subsequent waterings will continue to leach nitrogen into the soil for the roots to distribute to the plant.
    Working chicken manure into the soil does provide lots of good organic material to break down and improve the texture of the soil over time. But you can liberally use horse manure, or even rabbit droppings, without fear of burning plants."

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    My Bc Maikai is hanging under a tree. Everytime I take the basket down for inspection, I notice the bird drop here and there. The Maikai must like the drop because it is doing great with 3 spikes now.

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    Never used manure for my orchids, but always do for my veggies.

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    I do use it for my veggie garden but this gentleman grew his Cyms in fresh horse manure according to what I have been reading.

    Good info on the nitrogen content.

    I plan on experimenting come the spring. I will divide one of my Cyms into 3 plants...plant one in fresh manure, two in mix and top dress one of them with manure, leaving the other as a control with my normal Cym culture.

    We own a horse so I have easy access to horse manure.

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    I have used dry horse manure to top dress Cymbids. I saw the site with the plants in fresh .
    I also own a horse, might try it in the spring when plant can be outside . Gin

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