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Thoughts please on Phal. fertilizing

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    Default Thoughts please on Phal. fertilizing

    I'm sure there are many different ideas on this but I'd like to get a better general idea of what I'm doing. I was following every watering with a little of 1/4 tsp strength 20-14-13. It didn't seem like it was getting to all the roots so I've been reading of different approaches. It seems like the weekly, weakly method is a good way to go. Do I still use the 1/4 strength all the time for that? And in that case do I "water" with that solution instead of plain water for that day (providing they're not really dry)? Or, if I use a weaker fertilizer, like 7-9-5, can I just water with the fertilizer in it all the time? I'm doing that with my phrags with a monthly boost of 1/2 strength.
    Thanks for any help.

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    I use my fertilizer on the paphs every second watering, at half strength. Although you may get a lot of different advice. I just put the fertilizer in with my regular water, as the roots only absorb so much water and then stop. so unless your plant is REALLY dry, no need to water first..

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    I use Fert. labled for orchids , it is used as the label says . I Fert. weekly . skipping a week of Fert. using plain water to flush out salts . I cut the strength on the tender ,fussy plants to half of whatever the bottle says . On the Vandas they get Fert. 2 times a week in the spring summer (gluttons ) Gin

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    Default Fert

    I fertilize once every two weeks during growth (abd right now, almost everyone seems to be doing quite a bit of growing!) During the rest period, I don't fertilize at all. My phals seem to be in growth almost constantly, but I usually wait until the roots become more than just little green heads poking out from the sides of the leaves...once I see the velamin start to form, that's when I usually start in with the fertilizer.

    By the way, what are some of the brands that people use (if that is permissible to divulge)? I've been using a fish and seeweed fert. and I seem to be getting good results. Previously I was using one of those powdered kinds with the little spoon, but I read that the N was provided from urea and I know that it can be tough on some plants.

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    I just shifted to Grow More fert, because it has more trace elements than many of the others. Gin got me thinking that might be the reason a few of my plants refuse to bloom. Also just started adding kelp extract. That also includes growth hormones (auxins), which can't hurt. I use a lot of sphagnum, which can be acidic, so I've also started recently with pelletized dolomite lime. Particularly for some of my species paphs that grow on limestone cliffs in the wild. (Of course I might just kill of all my plants...) That together with a bit of bat wing, a fleck of toad's heart and a few drops of lizard blood... Ya know... the usual stuff.

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    Julie you forgot the chicken feathers he he . I use the MSU. Fert for rain water or Ro. For plain watering a little straight tap is added to the rain / Ro. All the plants get the same type of Fert . Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin
    Julie you forgot the chicken feathers he he.
    I used to use them. But I really didn't see much improvement from them, and they tended to make the dends more excitable.

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