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What's a good fertilizer?

This is a discussion on What's a good fertilizer? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks for the great explanation about urea. a guy came to our society last week ...

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    Thanks for the great explanation about urea. a guy came to our society last week and was asking me what fertilizer i used. He said that what i was using had urea, and suggested Gyna Grow.There is an all purpose orchid product. I am thinking of trying it.

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    If you use a product that has urea, as I unfortunately discovered I was using... does it kill the roots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    If you use a product that has urea, as I unfortunately discovered I was using... does it kill the roots?
    I don't think it kills the roots...it just isn't as usable by the plant, so the plant doesn't get as much benefit from it as it would from a non-urea based fertilizer, which comes from types of nitrogen that the plant can readily take up. That's my understanding of it anyway, although someone please correct me if I'm wrong....

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    Thanks Jenn, there is such good information here, but I am so confused...is Dyna-grow a Super Thrive- like product or a separate fertilizer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    Thanks Jenn, there is such good information here, but I am so confused...is Dyna-grow a Super Thrive- like product or a separate fertilizer?
    Sorry, I don't have a clue on that one. I'll have to go look up Dyna-grow on the internet and see what's being said about it. Perhaps someone will chime in who knows more about it.

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    SuperThrive is a hormone/vitamin-based solution - not a "fertilizer" per se - Dyna Grow, from what I know is a granulated fertilizer, but I forget what the NPK numbers are.

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    Dyna-Gro manufactures liquid fertilizers, but what may be confusing you is that they also manufacture K-L-N, a competitor to SuperThrive - both being hormone supplements.

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    they vary, as there are different dyna=grow products

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    hi there my orchid are doing fine actually i boil powdered egg shells for calcium and strain it (the water )
    and cool it overnight and then i add the fertilizer 1/2 blooming or growing boost

    i am doing this for a month now i have no problem and they grow rapidly
    hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidhayate View Post
    hi there my orchid are doing fine actually i boil powdered egg shells for calcium and strain it (the water )
    and cool it overnight and then i add the fertilizer 1/2 blooming or growing boost

    i am doing this for a month now i have no problem and they grow rapidly
    hope this helps
    Interesting solution - I know eggshells are great for compost, anyway. Just wanted to mention that I received a "free gift" of what is described as "a proprietary enzyme formulation which internally stimulates the plant's own natural production of hormones (auxions/cytokinin-like substances)" . I think it's okay to say this here because the vendor, I believe, is an OT site sponsor. I'm trying it. The analysis is 3-0-3. 3% Nitrogen, 3% potash, .32%Boron, and .10% Molybdenum. I honestly don't get what's different or great about this, and the more I research fertilizers, enzymes, hormones, minerals, etc., the more confused I get.

    I''d be interested to hear anyone's opinion and/or experience with this stuff. Oh - and it's a liquid foliar feeder. I'm a little worried that I should adjust my regular fertilizing routine , butI just don't have a clue. My daughter is the biochemist - not me.


    Also - this stuff is 2.99% urea-based nitrogen and I have looked at a lot of fertilizers and have hardly found any without primarily urea or ammonia nitrogen. Wouldn't you think these orchid fertilizer producers would know about the urea issue?

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