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Booze them up!

This is a discussion on Booze them up! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Another note : orchids might love hard drinks like vodka, but they also like soft ...

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    Another note : orchids might love hard drinks like vodka, but they also like soft drinks hehe. I regularly spray mine with COCA COLA hehe. I dilute Coke in the ratio 1:100 and spray it once a month. The sugar and phosphoric acid in the coke is good for plants also there are permissible levels of pesticies in COKE (LOL) so theu might benefit aswell. This mixture is also great to remove mineral deposits on leaves.

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    Jeeesh....there are so many supplements for our orchids. All interesting and good ideas. Thanks for sharing....Im glad i could start a thread so popular.....Now what about long term effects? This is what experimenting is all about. Is it the case, in 2 years, that i might have to bring my plant to an AA meeting. With the positive there is most likely always a negative aspect. Could supplements lower the level of natural sugars a plant produces for itself over time? Could alcohol also kill the good microbes within the media? As well as supplemental sugars attracting little pests? Preservatives ie. coke contributing to DNA mutation or antioxidants(oxygen absorbers) that produce free radicals, in which damage cells?........This is why us orchid junkies should experiment. Not to slow the party but i like to look at the full spectrum of things...Thoughts?

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    Well, I am going to follow Weymans' orginal suggestions in the article. As I already told everyone, I have been using it for over two months now. I'm having good, strong growth, and my young cattleya landate has just bloomed early. I'm having lots of fun watching the orchids grow & bloom...Betty :-)

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    Oh... i wasnt doubting Weymans or your experience/growth. This is a very good thing...im just saying over the next years more data will pour in. Its like pharmaceuticals companies releasing meds onto people with only having a year of testing and trials. Then come to find out. All the other health problems you have acquired or are addicted to cause of the meds....i like making people think.

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    Well start making a list and recruit some people to begin volunteering for trials.

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    My experiments are several, and ongoing all the time. This time, however, I will be keeping the info to myself! LOL! Betty

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    Someone I know puts sun-dried babanas peels underneath the bark in the pot where He has phals poted. They are blooming beautiful and are very bouncing without drinkink any alchohol.

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    Liana that makes sense because bananna peels are rich in potassium and potassium boosts blooms. As we are on this topic, a book from Malaysia suggests bananna peels soaked in hog urine as liquid fertilizer ( it also mentions hog urine can be substituted with human urine EEEEEKs !) LOL

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    Urine...So many uses!! lmao

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    Again, I will say that this is such a wonderful thread! There is so much to be learned from trial and error with these plants! They are so adaptable I am almost willing to say that they are a step ahead of us in the environment game....on that note, shall we next urinate on them after a heavy night drinking tropical cocktails while they assist us in cleaning our gulf? I know I shouldn't have but I had to.

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