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Cattleya Hybrids - Blind Sheaths

This is a discussion on Cattleya Hybrids - Blind Sheaths within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; No Maura, K boosts flower no, quality and longevity. For bloom booster fertilizers are high ...

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    No Maura, K boosts flower no, quality and longevity. For bloom booster fertilizers are high in K and P. For SH I recommend 125 ppm of NPK each i.e. the water solution you use should have 125 mg/l of all NPK along with Ca and Mg (Most probably supplied through the water already). Superthrive would be good as a spray, once every week or so, but I would not grow plants in a media with constant supply of enhancers like hormones and vitamins that are found in Superthrive.

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    And as an evidence that this works I present to you my Onc. Sharry Baby 'Sweet Frangrance' that bloomed on just one inflorescence with more than 100 flowers, this picture was taken quite late with around 20 flowers already withered.

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    Thank you for clearing that up, Amey. Your Oncid. is fabulous and I'll follow your advice.

    Another question, if you don't mind.... Are there any species or hybrids that you would specifically NOT put in S/H?

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out on this. It's a bit scary to be changing my plants' environments so drastically.
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    Many of my friends grow their orchids in organic media or in SH with balanced fertilizer all year long without any problem. They have wonderful blooms and good growth.
    From my experience, neither bloom / growth fertilizers nor Superthrive or equivalent are essential for a successful growing/blooming. I used them for years, I stopped and I see no difference.

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