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Bulbophyllum: Organic or Non-Organic Fertiliser?

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    Default Bulbophyllum: Organic or Non-Organic Fertiliser?

    Hey guys, I have been getting conflicting information/advice abt the fertiliser I should use with bulbos. Some people have said I should only use purely organic fertiliser such as goats or chicken manure whereas others have told me using non-organic fertilisers are not a problem at all. I have mostly been fertilising my bulbos with goats manure either in fertilising baskets or tea bags, however Im quite new to bulbo growing and none of them have bloomed yet although they seem healthy enough with new shoots. Could you guys share your experiences with me and advice?

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    Mabuhay!

    For me, whatever works for you but maybe you can try some of your bulbos to thrive using non-organic/chemical ferts. Though, i only have a handful of bulbos but sometimes their "flowering" mechanism can be erratic. So i guess, with your collection and based on what you've said maybe its just a matter of time.

    just my 2 cents worth.

    goodluck and Godbless

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    I dont really have a regular fertilizing regime.... I mostly just sprinkle a few pieces of osmocote in the pot (what can i say im lazy), but when I do find the time to fertilize I use organics
    such as fish emulsion. I've never tried using goat or chicken manure, but i think that may introduce some unwanted critters to your plants, its just me tho.

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    I also have been looking into using "compost teas" for my orchids. I would brew a tea out of bat guano and worm castings to give to my vegetable plants, and they loved it. So I have been looking into doing this for my orchids. The only trouble I have with this method is how concentrated is my compost tea going to be, because I don't want to cause any burn or anything, but I would stick to what your doing its probably just a matter of time.

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    Thanks for the info guys, its always interesting to hear what others are doing..Im sure there isnt just any one way to grow our plants but hopefully we can learn more abt the different methods out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    I use organics
    such as fish emulsion. I've never tried using goat or chicken manure, but i think that may introduce some unwanted critters to your plants, its just me tho.
    Fish emulsion? Whats that Randy? The goat/chicken manure throws off quite a pong but they have been processed before hand so its actually not too bad surprisingly. It doesnt attract any critters as far as I have seen and they are really good for my orchids! Some orchid enthusiasts actually soak the goats manure in a pail of water and then dunk their plants into the solution to soak up all the goodness and then use the balance of the water and sediment to fertilise the rest of their garden. I havent dared to try that yet as my wife would probably kill me!

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    If I'm correct fish emulsion is the fluid remains of fish, being processed for fish oil and fish meal. I am assuming this is a by-product of the commercial fishing industry, just as blood meal and bone meal are by products of slaughter houses. I would prefer the uses of manures over these products just because of their sources.

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    Ummmm...sounds a little scary and rank at the same time.

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    i tried goat manure as potting medium and some are still on it. i would like to continue on with the experiment as it seems to be of no harm at all. no smell of whatsoever at all. one dendro specie is on it and it's doing great. one phal luedde seems to be doing nothing but i think it's too early to tell. a paph philippinense was just repotted and i had no more goat manure so it was back to lava rock for now. one thing i noticed is that the roots of the paph looks healthy and the tip just barely dipping to the manure not roaming around the pot. i read in the website of a guy who used horse manure that the root system will not roam around because they don't need to search for food as it is getting it directly from the manure reason why the tip would just barely in the manure. i observed the same thing in the dendro.

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    Yes, I too had read about the horse manure, but I would not have expected the same results with goat manure because, firstly goat manure is much more nutrient dense than horse manure, so I would have expected root burn, but may be due to good watering it takes care of excess nutrients and leaches them out. Can you post photos of your orchids in goat manure, and how you pot them up?

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