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Orchid Fertilizer - How to use it Safely

By Edited May 5, 2016 0 0

When applying orchid plant food to your favorite plants some care should be taken. The fertilizer might provide a fantastic benefit for your orchid flowers but if done incorrectly it might ruin them entirely, perhaps resulting in their death. Orchid flowers can be very vulnerable to fertilizer damage if perhaps used at unsuitable levels, additional care must be undertaken to reduce any problems. Here are several tips to help get everyone started on the best way of using orchid fertilizers and indeed any plant foods in general:

Apply at the Correct Time.

Keep in mind to always use fertilizer in the correct amount during the perfect time of the season. Orchid flowers go through intense growth periods whereby they will quickly create sprays of exceptional blooms. It's also during this time that many orchids expend loads of energy, thus, making this an excellent time to make the plant food applications far more regular. It is advisable to add to the occurrence of feeds instead of the amounts of the feed – too strong a feed can lead to damage.

Avoid Urea.

Stay away from plant foods which contain the substance termed urea. Urea is a distinct no go element, orchid flowers are not able to handle it. Quite a few general plant fertilizers used for crops as well as potted plants regularly have urea. This particular compound is considered poor for any requirements of orchids; as a result it is important to steer clear of this. Terrestrial flowers and Aerial plants have very different needs. Look carefully at your fertilizer pack for any presence of urea, if it is present then choose another brand.

Less is More.

Almost all people apply dissolved or liquid plant foods to orchids as this is an efficient as well as manageable process. Using a spray container and water soluble plant foods is the right solution to use if dealing with orchid flowers. Use a reduced level of just about any plant food that you'll be giving to the orchids. Reduce the recommended rates by about 20 percent to be safe. Try to make certain that your particular plants and flowers currently have plenty of good drainage, specifically in the strong growth times when you are going to be adding liquid fertilizer on a regular basis. Any salts and nutrient deposits that can build up in the compost should be washed out to avoid ‘burns’ taking place. This is what’s called flushing and simply involves flooding the plant to clean away the excess salts that will build up inside the compost. Good water drainage will assist to maintain a strong and vibrant root system.

The most important tips are included above to help you apply orchid fertilizer safely. It really is worth the effort as the results of using plant feeds on your orchids can be quite amazing. When used in the proper way they will look more healthy, grow more vigorously and their flowering will be greatly increased.



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