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Better Gro Orchd Plus fertilizer?

This is a discussion on Better Gro Orchd Plus fertilizer? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Does anyone use this stuff? It's all I've used for years, and I've never deviated ...

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    Default Better Gro Orchd Plus fertilizer?

    Does anyone use this stuff? It's all I've used for years, and I've never deviated from it so I don't know if I'm missing out on anything. I alternate between the foliage and bloom boosters. It seems to work fine, but I was wondering if anyone has used them, switched to something else and found the new fert. to be better?

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    I use both as well, alternating depending on the plant's cycle. I recently purchased some MSU fert for tap water though. I'm interested to see if it makes a difference. I'm also interested to see what other members have to say.

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    I guess I don't really alternate according to the plants cycle. I usually do two foliage feedings, per one bloom-boosting feeding (or something along those lines, depending on if I can remember which one I used last time I watered lol) and keep that rhythm pretty steady throughout the year.

    On another note, but still regarding fertilizer, I see on so many websites to "make sure you water BEFORE fertilizing!" Isn't that crap? Once the roots have soaked up so much water, they can't soak up anymore...so watering before fertilizing would be a complete waste of time, no?

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    I think watering before feeding is more for the sake of the medium it's in, but I rarely follow that myself. Just like you should soak your media 24hr before potting a plant (which I have started doing more because I have rooting hormone now so it seems more helpful)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    I think watering before feeding is more for the sake of the medium it's in, but I rarely follow that myself. Just like you should soak your media 24hr before potting a plant (which I have started doing more because I have rooting hormone now so it seems more helpful)
    Sorry to jump in but do you soak the media in the root compound? Have you seen noticeable results?

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    Don't be sorry, that's what these threads are for! I only recently started doing this, so I can't say that I've seen noticeable results yet. That being said, pretty much every grower I've ever talked to strongly recommends doing this. I use KLN root hormone following the directions, then soak the media overnight - some people even recommend 48 hrs if possible, I'm usually too impatient. I do think that not soaking bark specifically has had a negative effect on how well the medium holds water. I'm not sure about the clay aggregate which is what I've been using mostly as of late.

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    Well my problem is that where I live seems to get a fair amount of rain. The running joke about where I live is if 10 drops of rain fall in Barbados, 7 fall in St. George or St James (those are parishes) and the rest falls just in my 1/2 square mile area. Humidity is higher than where Yvonni is in Christ Church, so bark takes twice to thrice the length of time it takes for hers to dry out. Hence I'm constantly battling fungus and moisture loving bugs. I have a keiki in s/h and it's growing great as long as after soaking I pour out all the water every 7-10 days. I have had to shift most of my chids to clay pots or mounting with the clay balls and coconut husk just to control it. With that situation how can I get the rooting compound soak to work? Just dunk em on their wetting day in a solution?

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    I'm not an expert, but I think that would work...I don't use it as a regular fertilizer, though maybe for a baby that would be helpful. I just use it to soak the media before I put the plant in it.

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    Heck I'll try anything once, won't know if it works if I don't, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    On another note, but still regarding fertilizer, I see on so many websites to "make sure you water BEFORE fertilizing!" Isn't that crap? Once the roots have soaked up so much water, they can't soak up anymore...so watering before fertilizing would be a complete waste of time, no?
    I thought that too for a while, but since I've heard a number of professional growers recommend the pre-watering. Apparently the outer layer of the root, when dry, doesn't absorb fertilizer well, and so most of the fertilizer isn't taken in well unless the roots have already been well-watered.

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