Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums

The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!

  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"

Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!

Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Question about time release fertilizer

This is a discussion on Question about time release fertilizer within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I started using Nutricote last summer on my orchids.... and have had great results with ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Gilda is offline "Master of the Moth and Phrags "
    My Grow Area
    On a Windowsill.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Join Date
    May 2004
    East TN
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Question about time release fertilizer

    I started using Nutricote last summer on my orchids.... and have had great results with it.... but I am still seeing the gray balls after 10 months !!!

    Do they totally dissolve or are you left with a shell the fertilizer was attached to ??? If no one knows, I guess I will place some in water and see if they dissolve.

  2. #2
    Jmoney's Avatar
    Jmoney is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    paphs, phrags, catts, vandas
    Join Date
    May 2004
    West Hartford, CT
    Member's Country Flag


    I use osmocote on my parents' orchids that go outside for the summer--mostly cyms, with maybe a few oncidiums. I was told that the stuff lasts around 9 months. I have seen those pellets after 9 months, but the ones I saw were pretty much hollow and easily crushable in your fingers. I throw more on every spring since I guess they don't really need a hit of new fertilizer in the late fall...

    I've also been warned against using any time release for pots under 6" in size for risk of root burn.

  3. #3
    Heather is offline Banned
    Join Date
    May 2004


    I also used osmocote on last years' tomatoes and they never dissappeared. I wondered about that too! Thanks for asking!

  4. #4
    tropics is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004


    A long time ago I saw a graph of how much fertilizer is released from Nutricote over time. I don’t remember the details, but it starts out releasing very little at first, increasing to a maximum after a few months, then decreasing to nearly zero after about six months or so. I’ve heard that some growers add more Nitricote every 2 months or so to even out the effects of the phasing. I may not have the timing exactly right, but you get the idea.

Similar Threads

  1. Well this time I got the camera out in time
    By pavel in forum Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: September 11th, 2014, 10:48 PM
  2. Another fertilizer question
    By Kenner in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: August 2nd, 2014, 04:45 PM
  3. Fertilizer question
    By playtime8978 in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: May 5th, 2009, 01:14 PM
  4. water and fertilizer question, please
    By brit6v in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: February 6th, 2009, 10:15 AM
  5. Time-release fertilizers and RO
    By Piper in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: July 23rd, 2006, 09:10 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.