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List of Common Orchid Fertlizers

This is a discussion on List of Common Orchid Fertlizers within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi Bruce, When I first started I was using (Better-Gro, Orchid Bloom Booster 11-35-15) until ...

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    Hi Bruce,
    When I first started I was using (Better-Gro, Orchid Bloom Booster 11-35-15) until a couple years ago I read this book for Florida Growing after that I switched to (Peter's Excel Cal-Mag, 15-5-15).

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    Ermm.... fish poop.
    I keep aquariums, and one of them is a goldfish tank. Very big VERY dirty fish, so I scrape lots of black sludge off the filter pads into a sprayer bottle. Sometimes I add a little chicken poop, and sometimes I add Miracle Gro. Everybody seems to like the fish poop.
    Before I had my lazy man's hooks-up-in-the-sink siphon, I used to use the drained water from water changes to water plants. It really seemed to help them thrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipsxlch View Post
    Ermm.... fish poop.
    I keep aquariums, and one of them is a goldfish tank. Very big VERY dirty fish, so I scrape lots of black sludge off the filter pads into a sprayer bottle. Sometimes I add a little chicken poop, and sometimes I add Miracle Gro. Everybody seems to like the fish poop.
    Before I had my lazy man's hooks-up-in-the-sink siphon, I used to use the drained water from water changes to water plants. It really seemed to help them thrive.
    From what i can remember way back, freshwater fish aquariums, when they acted as a parallel to orchids/exotics plants instead of current choice, were continually expoited as an organic fertilizer and included much the same practices as yours Pipsxlch using waste from syphonong gravel bed, water changes esp after a thorough blade/glass/ razor blade algae clean, filter maintenance. Most likely my first introduction to the nitrogen cycle. Live aqua plants were greatly encouraged as they thrive on all the nitrates once ammonia - nitrite finished its cycle repeat. Excess nitrate encourages algae esp the dreaded blanket species that smother ponds, aquariums also if not maintained properly. Nitrates can become a worry if an absolute concentrated strength occured due to lack of water changes. Ofcourse it is the urea ammonia and nitrites that are toxic even in minimal strength. As above i still use toilet water from daily maintenance of waterdragons but this is a just a standard deep tray used for a bath and toilet. They never drink from still water.

    One pretty good advantage is the nitrogen, in a useable state suitable for plant usage - immediately available on application. The remainder macro/ micro nutients will need to be added to avoid deficiency and if originally tap water before dechlorinated, source will be need to be evaluated for calcium content and strength. Potassium will require additional source to raise sufficeint levels especially for bloom boosting.

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    Hi Kathi,
    Could you share the ratios of your ingredients you use, to,say,make a gallon of your recipe?
    Also do you water weekly with this recipe?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    Oh, boy. I was using just a simple, ordinary nursery-brand MSU-type (at least, I think it was MSU type) + Superthrive, and a monthly dose of seaweed emulsion...until a lecture at our orchid society. We had a major cattleya grower come talk to us, and he shared his current fertilizing regimen...which I, of course, copied down..

    His recipe was, of course, for a large batch & included things I did not have access to, but I scaled things down & added to my fertilizer/SuperThrive/Seaweed mix: yeast, horticultural molasses & sugar.

    Sounds like I am baking cookies, doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bronco View Post
    Hi Kathi,
    Could you share the ratios of your ingredients you use, to,say,make a gallon of your recipe?
    Also do you water weekly with this recipe?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Hi Denny--

    Sure. I make up enough for 6 gallons of water at a time.
    1 tsp yeast & enough warm water to dissolve it in,
    1 T horticultural molasses,
    1T sugar,
    1 T dish liquid (serves as a wetting agent instead of the chemical wetting agent he used),
    6T seaweed emulsion,
    1.5 teaspoon Superthrive,
    6T orange oil (I add this to keep fungus gnats down, you may not need),
    1.5 teaspoons orchid fertilizer.

    3 weeks out of the month I water orchids well, and then give them a drink of this mix. The other week I use just water. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy View Post
    I am using Akerne's Rain Mix (NPK 13+3+15+11CaO+3MgO), which is a local so-called "MSU fertilizer"
    I use Akerne's Rain Mix too, and only this one.
    Before I used Orchid Focus Grow and Bloom.
    I stop using Superthrive in all waterings last year. I use it sometimes for new imports or "tired" plants, as well as a 10.52.10 fertilizer.

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    Thanks for the info on recipe Kathi..
    Denny

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