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Old 10-08-2015, 06:27 AM
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fertilize a flower spike

is this what I think it is? a flower spike?

should I fertilize if orchid on spike?

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Old 10-09-2015, 07:23 AM
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I can't tell what it is but I fertilize my plants where they are in spike or not. Either way, it would be fine to fertilize.
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I fertilize until the first bloom opens, then I stop. Apparently flowers last less if you fertilize.
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Like Katrina, I would fertilize normally whether in spike or not - the key is to stop or lessen the fertilizer for some orchids if they have a period that they are definitely not growing - hence the fertilizer would do no good - wouldn't hurt at reasonable amounts (unless it was building up residue due to not flushing through), but you're just washing it uselessly through the media. Have never heard anyone suggest that fertilizer would lessen blooming period - have not noticed this phenomena or heard anyone else note it.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:49 PM
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Some flowers/buds do not take kindly to the fertilizer getting on them but fertilizing the rest of the orchid is just fine.
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thank you so much for the replies. you are all very helpful. I'm sorry for not replying soon. will keep you guys posted once it has started to bloom
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