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Bird Poop on my orchid leaves

This is a discussion on Bird Poop on my orchid leaves within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sorry for the gross question, but I took my orchids outside for summer camp a ...

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    Default Bird Poop on my orchid leaves

    Sorry for the gross question, but I took my orchids outside for summer camp a few weeks ago, and they are situated under a tree such that they frequently get messed on.

    My first inclination is to blast the excrement away, but upon further thought this is probably how orchids get fertilized in nature.

    So what do people on the board think? Will leaving the stuff on them burn the leaves, or will
    it serve as a valuable (and inexpensive) foliar fertilizer?

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    I don't think it causes any harm, if not beneficial. I have several orchids hanging under tree, and bird drops is not an issue until I am ready to bring it inside. A good shower takes care of that.

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    I don't see a problem there. Might be a tad unsightly but no harm.
    I would swap that for the Yellow-breast eating my Onc. buds!!. The evil thought came to me to get a sling-shot to them, but that thought quickly vanished and I have hung some old CD discs over the plant to scare them away

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    It will be a problem if the poo goes into the crown of your vandaeceous or on the young active growth. In either cases I will wash it down because anyways the orchids will not be able to absorb the nutrients from the poo unless it is made soluble in water.

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    After I read this post earlier, I wasn't either here or there about it. Several of my tree hung orchids have had a target pratice or 2 done on it already. I however did not expect to go out to find one of my plum tree dens' new growth a washed in crap. Mind you it's a 4" net pot and it looks like what ever this bird ate did not agree with it. I left it, for now cause I didn't have a chance to wash it off but hopefully tomorrow I'll get to make my plant green again.

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    Its perfectly natural and yes, it is how many orchids get fertilized in situ. My outdoor orchids sometimes get skink or anole lizard droppings on them, Its all good.
    Cheers,
    Tony

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    I think it is a natural fertilizer, 100% organic! (will respond more when I get home)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougroc View Post
    Sorry for the gross question, but I took my orchids outside for summer camp a few weeks ago, and they are situated under a tree such that they frequently get messed on.

    My first inclination is to blast the excrement away, but upon further thought this is probably how orchids get fertilized in nature.

    So what do people on the board think? Will leaving the stuff on them burn the leaves, or will
    it serve as a valuable (and inexpensive) foliar fertilizer?
    I think plants benefit from these droppings. My plants always get this stuff from tree frogs and lizards. Rainwater makes with them a nutrient solution (at least I think so). A little organic supplement to regular rations.

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    I have to go with Nat on this. The plum tree bunch of dens have gotten the commercial ferts exactly twice in the past 4 or 5 months. All I do is water them from the hose or the rain gets em. Despite my neglect they all have put out at least two new canes each and two have keikis. The neem tree group are mostly catts and the light hits them differently, but the birds and bugs still get their deposits in. The roots are green and the large den is looking ready to spike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougroc View Post
    Sorry for the gross question, but I took my orchids outside for summer camp a few weeks ago, and they are situated under a tree such that they frequently get messed on.

    My first inclination is to blast the excrement away, but upon further thought this is probably how orchids get fertilized in nature.

    So what do people on the board think? Will leaving the stuff on them burn the leaves, or will
    it serve as a valuable (and inexpensive) foliar fertilizer?
    I'm of the mind to simply wash it down and see what happens.

    cheers,
    BD

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