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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; Most of the species I have require high nitrogen through spring till mid summer or ...

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    Most of the species I have require high nitrogen through spring till mid summer or early autumn then change to high potassium.I have a 200 gal tank and put the fertilizer in it and it comes out at between 2 and 4 on the cf meter so everything I have gets the same and some plants are watered every day in the summer.
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    hmmmm..well I feed my orchids with 1-1-1 organic fertilizer made from sea kelp. It also contains iron at .01% and B-1 at .09% at about 130ppm...I also add sometimes (depending on the growth habits and time of year) a 11-35-15 with micro-nutrients considered a bloom booster. I think it should be considered a root booster also.lol. I fertilize for 2 weeks and flush for a week. Most of the time Im misting my plants tho.....Im a crazy mister. I never liked drowning my plants...just doesnt seem right...lol oh yah. and no matter what my plants can tolerate. I always use distilled water

    Ill have to try some compost tea soon for some good bacteria and maybe ill give up a brew or two...lol...sounds interesting.

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    I'm trying a time release 10-10-17 formula its also supposed to be a bloom booster. It suggests that the time-release will last up to 9 months. We shall see. I'm hopeful, yet skeptical....hmmm

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    This may be a stupid question--but what type of amonia do you use? Powdered amonia? Or amonia cleaner?

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    i used water soluble general purpose fertilizer

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    I make my own special brew. Some regular bloom formula orchid fertilizer, fish emulsion, honey and sometimes I switch for a fertilizer meant for tomato plants...sometimes stuff for houseplants...sometimes i add in a squirt of dishsoap. Whatever strikes me that day...I mix things up to try and give them the minor nutrients. The husband wishes I would find a replacement for the fish emusion...stinky stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    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.
    Hi Wetfeet...this sounds almost exactly like what I've been doing here in Marina Del Rey and the results are great! I've been making a cocktail of seaweed extract, a dash of superthrive & urea free growmore for the phals and using it as a drench. I'm growing almost everything in slashed clay pots and they are loving it. For the catts I switch up the growmore to all purpose, or the bloom formula depending on what they are doing. For the cyms it is the growth formula or the all purpose until they start to spike then it is the bloom formula. They all seem to really love the seaweed & just a drop of superthrive. I'll drench and foliar feed everything once a week for 3 weeks then wash it all out the 4th week. Thanks for your post...what I've been doing is just making it up as I go along but when I saw your post I felt a bit more confident that I wasn't killing them and they were just playing along to fool me...sneaky little orchids!
    Thanks
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    I watered with goat's dung soaked in water. Potent stuff, the smell that is...but....anything for my plants

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    Dear Wetfeet...what will silicone supplement do and why?
    Thanks, Remo

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    i use banana skins and eggshells. this is a recipe i got years ago from a lady in my street.
    you will need....10 banana skins (freeze any if you cant eat 10 in a row!), and aprox. 15-20 eggshells (wash with clean water and store in an icecream container)
    Put all into a blender. Blend the two component ingredients together for 1 min. add a pinch of potash if you want a potassium rich solution for tomatoes too. Then add about a cup of clean, untreated water (eg from a bore or rainwater, not sewer water!) or until desired consistancy is reached. Totally organic and good for the plants!

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