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late blooming Paph. charlesworthii

This is a discussion on late blooming Paph. charlesworthii within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Papheteer I think it might have been overfed. I fertilized all my ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papheteer View Post
    I think it might have been overfed. I fertilized all my plants every watering for the past 3 months at least. I noticed the root growth is a bit less in most plants. Would watering more with plain water work or would I need to repot all my plants? What do you guys think?
    I would flush the pots with plain water. You could have salt build up happening in the potting media and that could cause the slow down of roots. Try flushing with water and then feeding the next time. Alternate and see how things go.

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    I too thought the bloom a bit paler than expected. Consider organic fert rather than chemical. Like those fish and kelp-based things. Chemical ferts hit the plant with all of their fert when they're applied. That's why their numbers (as in 20:20:20) are so high.

    Legally, they have to state the max fert the plant will recieve at any moment. They happen to deliver it all in the first moment, and none later on.

    Natural ferts are more time release based, so their numbers look like 4:5:2, and seem inadequate for the job, but in fact they do a better job because they release ferts slowly throughout the period between doses.

    Go lighter on the fert and don't let the potting mix dry out between waterings. That will concentrate the salts in the leaf tips, and can burn them.

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