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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; Everyone has a method.... What is yours???...

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    Everyone has a method.... What is yours???

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    I haven't a hard and fast rule. I'm always experimenting, and very careful about identifying the plants that are salt intolerant. I've scorched several with fert burn.

    Time release fert provides some nourishment when I get behind on regular fertilizing with Growmore fert. Seaweed extract contains lots of interesting nutrients and some growth hormones. I've lightened up on the Superthrive, after reading some question as to how beneficial it is to orchids. Epsom salts for Ca and Mg lightly once every month or two.

    And for some of my Paphs from limestone cliff habitats, I'll add a bit of dolomite lime every 4-6 months.

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    I use a three week cycle of feeding. Week one I use a light feeding of Folage Pro. Week two I use a light feeding of a bloom booster feed. Week three I use a special mixture: 2tbls super thrive, 1 can beer, 1 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup ammonia, 2 cups water. After the initial batch is made I use 1/2 ounce per gallon of water. Generally week four I just water through the week to prevent salt build up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABro View Post
    Week three I use a special mixture: 2tbls super thrive, 1 can beer, 1 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup ammonia, 2 cups water. After the initial batch is made I use 1/2 ounce per gallon of water.

    Ah! Yes, the famous recipe.. abeit with superthrive added!

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    I tested it out for 6 months on a certain section of plants before I brought it into full use on all of the plants, and there was a noticable difference in growth on the plants that I had used it on.

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    I fert one week with Orchid fert, and flush for the next few (when they need water), then fert again.

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    Aaron, are there any plants that didn't like your voodoo recipe? And do you grow Paphs and Phrags with it? Did salt intolerant plants react well to it? And do you use cheap beer, or microbrews?

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    I don't have any plants that have reacted badly to the one fert. Although, I only have two paphs and one phrag. I use Budwieser as the beer. Nothing special. I was a bit sceptical of it at first because of the addition of the epsom salt, but everything I grow seems to like it. I only use the one fert in the summer growing months because we get alot of rain, so the pots can get flushed well.

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    Hmm...beer for thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABro View Post
    Week three I use a special mixture: 2tbls super thrive, 1 can beer, 1 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup ammonia, 2 cups water. After the initial batch is made I use 1/2 ounce per gallon of water.
    Wow! Beer & ammonia, who would've guessed..... sounds more like a recipe for a bomb
    We've been having rain everyday lately, should I use it more than once a month? All my orchids are outside.

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