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Natural Fertilizer or Death Sentence?

This is a discussion on Natural Fertilizer or Death Sentence? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a Grammatophylum Leopard and from what I read they use the aerial root ...

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    Default Natural Fertilizer or Death Sentence?

    I have a Grammatophylum Leopard and from what I read they use the aerial root to catch debris as a slow release fert. I have begun adding such debris to the roots of mine. Do you think the "captive" conditions we provide make this a bad idea? things I've added so far include :

    Small dead bugs
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    bits of leftover from the house (salad leaves)

    None of this is in amount that would overwhelm the roots

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    I am anxious to see what the experts will tell you. IMHO I would not be inclined to do this. I am thinking that the things you are putting in there will decay or breakdown leaving this gunk around your Pbs. a good case for setting up rot and fungal infection.
    Lets see what others say.

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    Angela do you keep your outside and does the roots capture organic debris? Do you clean yours out? Since yours is amazing I would consider you an expert!

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    I am anxious to see what the experts will tell you. IMHO I would not be inclined to do this. I am thinking that the things you are putting in there will decay or breakdown leaving this gunk around your Pbs. a good case for setting up rot and fungal infection.
    Lets see what others say.

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    Yes mine are outside, under some Palm trees. The really large one was originally potted up in a wire basket. the Psbs. and the fine roots have now completely covered the basket. I do not water from the top, I aim at the roots. I honestly have never looked to see whether the roots capture organic debris, and , no, I have never cleaned mine out. BTW I am no expert I am still learning, and consider I have along way to go.
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    Miller - I wonder if you are inviting pests doing this? I would stick to regular fertilizers - but that is just my opinion - others may disagree.

    cheers,
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    That is something I thought about Bruce. I will probable discontinue doing it, the only thing in there is the one freshly dead bug and old blooms that had fallen off other orchids. I was trying to mimic their natural state of doing things but maybe its not worth it.

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    Miller - I wonder if you are inviting pests doing this? I would stick to regular fertilizers - but that is just my opinion - others may disagree.

    cheers,
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    I'm with Bruce. If you want to be organic you sea kelp or fish emulsion.

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