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How Do You Keep Track Of Watering And Fertilizing

This is a discussion on How Do You Keep Track Of Watering And Fertilizing within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Kmac Mitch-- You are very organized! I am curious--what is the size ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    Mitch--
    You are very organized! I am curious--what is the size of your collection? You do this for each plant?
    Thank you, Kathy. I have 60 orchids growing exclusively under lights, and, yes I do this for each individual plant. When I starting collecting again, about a year and a half ago, I started finding myself, for example, watering all my Phrags at the same time only because one needed water. Needless to say, it soon turned into a disaster. And trying to remember when and what I fertilized was next to impossible. That's where Excel came into play.

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    One thing I was considering doing was to put little flags in the pots. Using something like thos skinny skewer sticks. Like maybe green flags for plants in active growth - red for those dormant - another color for those needed to be repotted soon. That way I could water and feed accordingly. Separating dormant from active growth plants is a pain when you are growing under lights.

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    That's one way of doing it, but with Excel, I simply enter the date the plant entered dormancy. With that data you can anticipate when the plant will break dormancy, how long it was dormant and what to expect for the next growth cycle simply by going back to the stored data.

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    And how many plants do you track that way? One thing that I think is good about that is what you just said, you can anticipate when the plant will break dormancy, and after a few years you can also anticipate when it will bloom, when it will go back into dormancy, etc.....

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    Wow! What great information. I use to track watering and fertilizing on a calendar, but that could get to crowded with my scribble to always be accurate. This Excel spread sheet sounds like a great idea. I know the person who can help me set it up to. Thanks everybody, especially Mitch. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germinatorman View Post
    And how many plants do you track that way? One thing that I think is good about that is what you just said, you can anticipate when the plant will break dormancy, and after a few years you can also anticipate when it will bloom, when it will go back into dormancy, etc.....
    Right at 60 orchids. And yes, when to anticipate when it will bloom, when it actually did bloom compared to previous blooms and so much more.

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    Pretty much water feed every Saturday's, and water/don't feed all the smaller guys again on Wednesday's.

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    With our collection, we typically feed the plants once a week during the warm months and then once every two weeks in the cold months. Watering twice a week in the warm months (sometimes more on really hot days) and once a week during the cold months (sometimes only once every 10-12 days) depending on how cold it is.

    Really good question, Al. I have enjoyed reading everyone's answers.

    Cheers,
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    My collection is small right now, so I can just keep in my head who gets what for now

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    I have about a thousand orchids now, they are grouped and placed in the greenhouse according to their growth requirements. Like I have all my vandaeceous and free blooming cattleyas together, the winter rest requiring dendrobiums and catts together. This way the orchids not requiring rest get water thrice a week and fertilized twice a week whereas the onces needing a rest get watered once a week and fertilized once a week.

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