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View Poll Results: What Do You Feed Your Orchids? You Have Multiple Choices

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  • Nothing

    7 3.11%
  • General All Purpose Fertilizer (like Miracle Gro)

    44 19.56%
  • Time Release (like 13-13-13 or 20-20-20)

    34 15.11%
  • Fertilizer for Orchids (Like MSU or some other brand)

    154 68.44%
  • Add Superthrive or similar some/every time

    53 23.56%
  • Add Fish Emulsion some/every time

    19 8.44%
  • Add Seaweed Extract or similar some/every time

    40 17.78%
  • Add Epsom salts other minerals some/every time

    38 16.89%
  • My own special brew

    11 4.89%
  • Other things - please post what they are!

    19 8.44%
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How do you feed your Orchids?

This is a discussion on How do you feed your Orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I only use it once a month for fear of the salt, but I also ...

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    I only use it once a month for fear of the salt, but I also use other ferts in my cycle. I would just be very modest with it at first, and maybe even just try it out on a few plants first to see how they react to it in your environment. Hope this helps

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    After watering first with plain RO bottled water to wet the roots and letting drain, I then water my phalaenopsis, hard caned dendrobium and paphiopedilum plants with a half strength mixture (1/8 tps to 1gal RO) of 19-31-17 water soluble orchid plant food 3 out of 4 waterings. I only have 20 plants. Joe

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    Twice a month a cup of 19-31-17 after watering with tap water during spring and summer. Only once a month during fall and winter.

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    20-14-13 MSU-type fertilizer at ~125PPM N, couple drops of KLN, and worm tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkim View Post
    20-14-13 MSU-type fertilizer at ~125PPM N, couple drops of KLN, and worm tea.
    Worm tea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    Worm tea?
    Yep. The runoff of worm compost bins. Vermicompost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The worm tea has a beneficial bacteria that kills fungus and attacks the larvae of certain pests.

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    My feeding regimen changes with the season and sometimes I also make minor tweaks depending on the plants' conditions.
    I may have also made some changes since the last time I posted my witch brew.
    I feed the plants every week for 3 weeks and I skip every fourth week.

    My tools of the trade:
    1. Time release fertilizer (very light sprinkling on everything, heavier on cymbidiums). I plan to reapply this every 6 months if I can remember.
    2. Orchid fertilizer (30-10-10/6-30-30 depending on the growth phase of the plants) When in doubt, I fall back on the 20-20-20. This is added to the 2 gallon mix for my pump sprayer.
    3. Superthrive (1 teaspon added to the 2 gallon mix)
    4. Seaweed Extract mixed into the fertilizer mix (2 teaspons added to the 2 gallon mix)
    5. Epsom salt (1 teaspon added to the 2 gallon mix)
    6. Pro-Tekt silicon supplement (1/2 teaspoon added to the 2 gallon mix)

    I spray both the leaves and the roots.

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    I learn something new here everyday.

    I'd never heard of worm tea, so I looked it up. Worm tea is made by reserving the water that runs off or drips through the castings in earthworm beds, leeching up the nutrients of the castings. The resulting tea is is rich in nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, magnesium and potash. It is also considered a natural repellent for scale, spider mites, aphids and white flies.

    I wonder if the worm tea will treat infestations or if it is solely a deterrent?
    Joe

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    Default MSU?

    I have a dumb question that I should know the answer to already- what does msu stand for? Thanks! ~Becky
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    Becky, see 'Notes from the November Meeting' pages 4 and 5 of the IOS newsletter
    http://www.iosoc.com/Newsletters/IOS2003-12.pdf
    Joe

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