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View Poll Results: Water and Fertilize or Fertilize Directly

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  • Water first and then fertilize

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  • Fertilize directly

    13 43.33%
  • does not matter

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Water and Then fertilize or fertilize directly

This is a discussion on Water and Then fertilize or fertilize directly within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i used to subscribe to the water first method, but now i have too many ...

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    i used to subscribe to the water first method, but now i have too many orchids to water everything twice. and since the roots are spongy, it seems i'd rather they get a good soak of the weak worm tea, when i use it.

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    For bare-root vandas, I spray water first to open up the roots and then spray 1/4 strength fertilizer during the morning watering. At night they just get water (go to bed hungry). I may try 1/8 strength twice a day.

    For potted Catts and Phals, I run water through the bark for 10 seconds or so, then I run one pot volume worth of 1/4 strength fertilizer through the pot. This happens about twice a week since it's summer, the clay pots have holes on the side, and the bark seems to dry fairly quickly. It seems to be working well so far. No sign of burnt roots (fingers crossed).

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    I always fertilize directly. If the soil is completely dry (which I let happen for time to time to kill gnats) I skip the fertilizer altogether until the next watering, as I've read that fertilizer isn't good for plants when they are really thirsty.

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