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    Hi everyone,

    I'm going to make this thread as I would like to know what kind of fertiliser and how often do you feed your orchids?

    As I've been to ask a grower that I need to get my orchid grow well in big & green canes , get strong and more roots and especially get blom then he recommnended for me to feed 4 types following:

    1 x 500ml Seasol Seaweed Concentrate
    1 x 500ml Powerfeed Fertiliser Concentrate (with Fish and Liquid Compost)
    1 x HB-101 (Super strength, natural growth promoter)
    1 x Wuxal Super Vege & Ornamental Food (N-P-K 8-8-6)

    That's all he recommended me to use but I'm not sure that would be how to use them to get the most efficiency. As in our city, I'm hardly to find any fertiliser particular on orchids only. So please give me some of your experiences if you have tried those 4 types above so far? Also, other necessary fertilisers will be all welcomed to recommend.

    Thanks for all reading this thread and much appreciated with any of your information.
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    Steven, go to the local garden centre and buy Manutec Orchid food, and also buy the Manutec Bloom booster, each is about 10NZD, and are formulated exclusively for orchids, i use them with confidence, and im sure a few of our Aussie counterparts do to. I am rather hesitant to use general fertilizers as it is hard to know what is in them, and some things orchids resent are in some general fertilizers.

    Just look for a little pink box or ask someone for it by name.

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    Hey Jordan, thanks alot for your info dude and will try and get them at this weekend. You're always the first person in answer of my questions/unkown things.

    Cheers!

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    happy to help my friend


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    Yes, you can go berserk and buy this and that, what Jordan has advised is quite good. Available here in Australia too. Do you want to see my fertilizer cupboard?? When it all boils down to it, what do orchids feed on in the wild? They survive and multiply.

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    exatly Annette. i hardly use mine, i just leave them to their own devices. sure they dont get very many blooms, or they dont get as big in as shorter space of time, but i feel good knowing i havnt "cheated". I only bought the food when i bought my seedlings Otherwise, i MIGHT add the occasional heap of leaf mould. Its like fish emulsion, but it hasnt been taken from the sea, and is all natural, exactly what the orchids would have on their roots up in trees. It also serves as a mulch.

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    Thanks all for your comments and advices!

    The things I was just wondering that how could I get a bigger & fatter cane than the previous ones? Cause of that question so I do feed my orchid very oftenly (maybe once a week or at least every 10days). And i think not only orchids, when we also need to feed all other plants depend varieties, age and purposes. I know the orchids could do well and get bloom in nature for sure but they could be fed by the rain water or some dusty, animals & many other factors. But when we grow them in a pot, they got a barier with nature and the only thing they can get "something" in rain water if we growing them outside. In NZ, I grow almost my orchids inside and usually feed them every 10days and tap water in between. Using fertiliser will help your plants get stronger and healthier if you feed them enough quantity and right purposes which I'm still figuring out how often & what strategies other growers are applying for their orchids. It can be difference from grower to grower and what place and conditions of the orchids are.

    Cheers,
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    (p/s: am I look like a guy of doing fertiliser marketing or fertiliser marketer, LOL Also sorry guys about my English which is not very good. Hope you guys can understand a little, thanks )

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    yea, just a handful of leaf litter on the roots of the orchid in the pot. And as i said, my dendrobs get no special treatment, ive never fertilized the dendrobs, yet they are the best in our society. I just give them a strict watering regime as follows:

    Summer-once a fortnight. Wait until substrate drys before re-watering.

    Autumn-decrease watering to every 3-4 weeks.

    Winter-Decrease further and after watering wait 3 weeks AFTER substrate has dried. This means they do shrivel a bit, but the stress of the winter regime cause the plant to bloom well.

    Spring-increase again to autumn regime.

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    It's awesome info, Thanks Jordan!

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    Hi Steven, I am glad that Jordan has responded to questions and I feel Jordan is quite competent to answer them as both of you live in New Zealand.
    Our Malaysian conditions are completely different so my fertilising regime may not apply to New Zealand.I grow outdoors 24/7 under 50% shade. Due to our high rainfall, leaching is a real problem and unless we have high frequency fertilising our plants suffer from lack of nutrients. So for what it is worth I fertilise weakly weekly with 21:21:21 soluble fertiliser and with bloom booster every 4th application. I also use Osmocote on my paphs,cattelyas, dendrobiums. I have been using Gaviota 63 and 67 for a long time.

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