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Can we talk about fertlizer some more?

This is a discussion on Can we talk about fertlizer some more? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hm...I think you guys are thinking too much about it. I know I haven't really ...

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    Hm...I think you guys are thinking too much about it. I know I haven't really been on the boards much, but well, I have two jobs and not enough time on my hands to do much else. As for fertilizer, I really DON'T think about it. I read that urea is no good for my plants, so I found one that has no urea in it. It is the only brand available right here in my home town, so I don't think about it. I don't think that it is necessary to have it "just right". Maybe because I'm not as into orchids as you guys are or just because I don't care? Either way, whatever works, works, so why change it unless your changing brands for experimentation. And even if you are expiramenting, then shouldn't it be done with only one or two of your plants, to compare and contrast the two? Now I think I am thinking too much about how much you think about the unneccessaries. By the way, anyone use osmocote? I was thinking that would be easier for me to use so I didn't have to lug my flowers in and out of the house for watering.

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    Maybe. I'm not losing sleep over it. I'd just like to understand some basic concepts so I can make intelligent choices. Orchid culture is saturated with half-truths and unproven assertions. It's almost like voodoo.


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    I use osmocote for big cyms and stuff that goes out on the porch that I would not be able to fertilize otherwise. It seems to work fine, but I was instructed not to use it for anything less than a 6" pot for risk of root burn.

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    Hey, Persistance!

    You caught my attention with your post about lake water. I can see Lake Norman from my house and boy could I get me some lake water! Question I have is would I need to worry about bacteria, ect? I know fish live in this lake, so I assume it isn't too polluted. I wouldn't let my kids swim in it, though other people do. I collect rain water and mix with my tap water from a large community well right now. I guess I could elect one poor orchid to be guinnea pig and see what happens....

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    I can't see any problem with lake water and the bacteria that would be in it would not be harmful to the plant in any way. Just as long as there isn't a nuclear waste storage facility on the other end of the lake.

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    Oh, one more thing. i used to get the calcium nitrate powder from a local hydroponics store. it was cheap and at the time I had a Ghost orchid that preferred it. i did not notice a change in my paphs as I also watered them with the same water.

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