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Human vitamins and medicine for orchids?

This is a discussion on Human vitamins and medicine for orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi All, Just a question. Has anyone from here tried using vitamins or other medicines ...

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    Default Human vitamins and medicine for orchids?

    Hi All,

    Just a question.

    Has anyone from here tried using vitamins or other medicines to their orchids in replacement with the fertilizers such as b-vitamins...?

    I ask this because we have a small pharmacy and some of the vitamins (physician sample - majority of it are for infants and children) are getting stock out and close to their expiration date. No one will use them at all.

    Please share how you prepare and do it.

    Many thanks.

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    so far i had only used it in my flasking medium preparation in replacement of the sugar (sometimes) caused i think it could be a good substitute since it is also in syrup base and on top of that with those added multivitamins. haven't tried spraying it on orchids.

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    Interesting topic. I look forward to following this thread.

    cheers,
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    hmmmm...
    I don't know, very interesting tho!
    maybe I should try it on my one leafed phallies...
    Alex

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    I have read similar topic on here i think and grower confirmed the use of vitamin product intended for human use with no problems. Unfortunately don t think it was a subject orientated thread on this idea. Advice issued for the care of 'rose of jerhico' plant has stated the use of aspirin as a fungicide whilst in early stages of hydration methods.

    We only use/ utilize vitamins in small/ minimal quantities at a time and the rest (soluble in water) is discarded as body waste which is why a diet with fruit and veg is recommended on regular intervals.

    As we are aware orchids (for those who choose to fertlize) require a fraction of the dose recommended for general plant care and over fertilizing can be lethal. My concern with man made diet supplements would be with the inclusion of 'other' ingredients with in the actual pill, raising risk potential of phytotoxicity to plant health. Manufactured herbal remedies still contain additional ingredients that to us appear pure and super healthy but are necessary by law and by economic practicality.

    A rotation of different allocated fertilizer/ tonic products would be my preference.

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    Yes, you can use them for your plants. Ony water soluble vitamins i.e B complex and C are good as foliar sprays also at the roots. Thiamine and Niacin are especially known for their effect. The dosage is 50-100 ppm i.e 50-100 mg per litre of water. Sugars like inositol and sucrose in such tablets are also an added benefit. Upto 500 ppm of sugar is not a problem, any more and the plants will become sticky and attract insects like ants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Yes, you can use them for your plants. Ony water soluble vitamins i.e B complex and C are good as foliar sprays also at the roots. Thiamine and Niacin are especially known for their effect. The dosage is 50-100 ppm i.e 50-100 mg per litre of water. Sugars like inositol and sucrose in such tablets are also an added benefit. Upto 500 ppm of sugar is not a problem, any more and the plants will become sticky and attract insects like ants.
    Amey, when i frequented the site less often im positive I read about vodka and/ or Guiness Ale used in allocation of care for plants. At the time i thought it was a joke or happy banter between folk. Is this a genuine accepted care practice due to it sugars as an added benefit.? Also while im here, i use a dietary supplement for my dragon care, (nutrabol, a powder) largely calcium but vits, minerals, trace elements. Would this work the same in controlled usage as human diet supplements as Jeff asked.? Sorry Jeff for taking advantage of your thread, hope you dont mind, somethings just trigger a previously forgotten thought!

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    its ok Matt, i intended to create this thread for the benefit of all. :-)

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