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Old 10-13-2013, 01:38 PM
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How to Fertelize ?

Question- Do I spray the roots or the leaves and roots? My sprayer will shoot a stream or I can spray. I never know which setting I should use.
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I would say roots primarily but foliar feeding works also.
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Does the fert you are using come with instructions for use?
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:23 AM
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I put a tablespoon into a 10 litre (about 2.5 gallon) watering can and just water the whole plant.
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I do both, spray and pour that is. I never spray the leaves! Didn't think that it was a good idea and it is hard to avoid the water going down into the bracht, causing some kind of rot. Am I wrong?
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I spray away...leaves and all...until the liquid runs out the holes in the bottom.

Lady - some growers only foliar feed. Watering the entire plant should be done from time to time anyway...if for no other reason than to wash off dust and debris that could end up clogging the pores.
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Thanks I will spray the leaves and the roots.
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Commercial growers, like myself, use fertilizer injectors to add fertilizer directly to their watering. Watering is overhead and hits everything. Fertilizing each plant is excellent but not practical when your collection gets larger.

You should also consider slow release fertilizer pellets. The ones we use are rated for 6 months. Fertilizing twice a year is more practical for most hobbyist. Use water release fertilizer not Ozmacote with is tmperature released.
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I believe that ALL controlled release fertilizers are temperature controlled. Yes, water must enter them to dissolve the fertilizer and deliver it to the plant, but the temperature controls the rate of release.
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Commercial growers, like myself, use fertilizer injectors to add fertilizer directly to their watering. Watering is overhead and hits everything. Fertilizing each plant is excellent but not practical when your collection gets larger.

You should also consider slow release fertilizer pellets. The ones we use are rated for 6 months. Fertilizing twice a year is more practical for most hobbyist. Use water release fertilizer not Ozmacote with is tmperature released.
I used Osmocote that had a nice picture of an orchid on the front, in August last year. The orchids made nice leaves but ceased blooming, only now recovering.
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Probably an overdose of nitrogen...


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Orchids will take up fertilizer more readily though the roots. Spray the remains on the leaves.
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