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Best Phalaenopsis fertilizer?

This is a discussion on Best Phalaenopsis fertilizer? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Even after lurking for quite some time, I'm still undecided on which fertilizer would be ...

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    Talking Best Phalaenopsis fertilizer?

    Even after lurking for quite some time, I'm still undecided on which fertilizer would be best for my phals(Little Sunny & Melody varieties). I've looked on a few websites, but I'd really like an opinion before I buy anything. I'll be repotting soon, and these are my first orchids, so I will appreciate any help.

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    I cant help you yet with the fertilizer question as I am new to orchids and am in a different country but someone will be along to help soon i am sure, Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I do photos are always appreciated to drool over, this is the friendliest forum on the net I am sure and people are very helpful.

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    Hi! Welcome to OT! Phalaenopsis (that I know of) do not require a different fertilizer from other types of orchids, so in general, I think any general orchid fertilizer from a big box store would work fine for your needs. With phals, I have used Schulz orchid fertilizer and had great success getting things to rebloom. There are a myriad of fertilizers available out there, but I would start with something basic (especially with phals) and then you can change it over time if you take on growing other types. Good luck!

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    I have been using the time release fertilizers- 3 months at 1/4 teaspoon per pot.

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    The guy in the garden department at my local big box store said to use Miraclegro. Said it's as good as the more expensive stuff.

    I decided to take his advice. So far, the plants are still standing.


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    I have used Miracle Gro with success too. Good luck!

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    I use Miracle Grow for African Violets (7-7-7). It's too early to tell if it's doing any good since I've only had my Phal for a few months but I haven't had any problems.

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    Actually, now that I remember, a very seasoned grower in my orchid society I spoke with last sunday says he uses miracle grow also!!! He brought in a bob betts cattleya with 15 blooms...it was a very convincing story!!

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    Thanks for all the help! I'll go out to get some miracle gro soon. Is there an ideal ratio for when the plant is flowering and when it's growing leaves?

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    If your phal is growing in bark, you may want the higher nitrogen fertilizer. If you are planting in moss an even numbered fertilizer like the 7-7-7 African violet formula may be better. The fun is in expirementing!

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