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How Do You Fertilize Orchids In Water Culture?

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If you are wondering “how do you fertilize orchids in water culture”, you will find this article useful. So, to simply elaborate further on this, you need to add fertilizers first. Next check whether the water level prevails for there about a few inches in the pot. After ascertaining this, you need to water the root system once a week so that it would give a thorough soaking for the roots. 

How Do You Fertilize Orchids In Water Culture

Next you need to increase the water level for some more inches for about 20 minutes. On another note, you do not need to clean the glass container if the base of the container seems to be clean. So, once you increase the water level for about 20 minutes it would allow the roots to stay hydrated. Once you spot the roots are well hydrated, you can remove the increased water and take it back to the initial water level it had. 

Next you can add 1/3 of fertilizer to this water level which is remaining in the container. I recommend using better growing fertilizer for this purpose. In terms of the amounts, you need to add 1/8 teaspoon of fertilizer into one gallon or 3.78l of filtered or distilled water and leave it for about 20 minutes. After that you need to allow them to drain and allow them to wither after that.

Besides, you may use a bloom booster for the spiking orchids and for the blooming orchids. It contains more phosphorus and potassium which is quite beneficial for the blooming. If you have orchids which are not blooming, you may use orchid plus which has a great component of Nitrogen. Nitrogen is a crucial component to boost the overall growth of the orchids.

If you have a container which is dirty and which has salt build ups in it, the best thing you could do is to remove the plants from the planter and clean the container ideally with the kitchen horse. After that you could use a spray bottle which is filled with better bloom fertilizer and spray the roots while they are already moist. 

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Ensure that you apply these fertilizers only if their roots are moist as if you do not adhere to that chances are that it may result in the burn of the plants.

What is the best fertilizer for orchids?

The best fertilizer for orchids should contain about thirteen nutrients as they play a major role in resulting an overall growth of the plants. That said, the three indispensable nutrients that your plants would need would be Nitrogen phosphorus and Potassium. Nitrogen is crucial for the leaf growth whereas Phosphorus would be quite beneficial for the healthy root development and for bud development. 

Finally, they need to have sufficient levels of potassium so that they can stay firm in any drastic change in the environment. Further it helps to maintain overall health of the plants too. When you purchase an orchid fertilizer, you need to check in what stage your orchid is in.

Further you need to watch out for the NPK ratio of the fertilizers as well. To explain further on this, you need to feed the orchids with a higher amount of potassium when they are at the flowering pace. 

Besides when the flowers are shaded, you need to consider using a fertilizer which has Nitrogen included in it. Apart from these three main nutrients, you need to consider feeding them with calcium, magnesium, and sulfur too. So, the perfect fertilizer should ideally consist of some other nutrients which consequently would be beneficial for the plants cell division, respiration, and growth.

If I briefly explain the 20-20-20 orchid fertilizer, it will provide the right amount of fertilizers for the terrestrial orchids, but not for the epiphytic orchids. Usually, the epiphytic orchids would grow in bark which is not a soil based potting medium.

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How Do You Fertilize Orchids In Water Culture

How do you make homemade orchid fertilizer?

Making homemade orchid fertilizers is an easy and inexpensive task to do. First option would be to use a water-soluble fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer would function as a major source of Nitrogen. You can simply use leftover morning coffee from your pot and then pour it into a pitcher. Besides that you could use apple cider vinegar to make homemade orchid fertilizer. Simply you have to add four times of water into one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and then stir it well. 

After that you need to store it in a closed container and refrain from keeping them in the refrigerator. In addition to that you may use eggshells and make fertilizers for the orchids too. All you need to do is to steep crushed eggshells in water and then use that strained water for the fertilizing purpose. It would provide nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and protein.

To make it, you need to heat one quarter of the water in a saucer pan and boil it. Once the water is boil, you need to let them cool for a while. Next, add a dozen of grinded eggshells into this.. Literally you need to soak the eggshells in water overnight. After that use a spray bottle and strain the mixture and then apply it on the plants. Keep doing this once every week.

Besides these, using cow’s milk is also yet another mode of providing proteins on the orchids. With that being said, you need to ideally dilute it to a ratio of 1:4 with water and then use it on the plants. Furthermore, you may also use Molasses which would be more like a blooming booster. To use it you need to mix a teaspoon of molasses into a quarter or 2 of water. 

You could use this solution when you water the plants. You may also use Epsom soil to feed the orchids so that it would provide the required amounts of Magnesium. You need to acquire the Epsom soil from the hardware or from the gardening stores to do this task. In addition to that, you could use oak leaves and tea bags to fertilize the orchids. They also consist of Nitrogen and a fine way of feeding them naturally. 

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It would stimulate the overall growth of the plants. Before you use the oak leaves you need to brew them first. To do that, you need to mix one part of water into 2 parts of leaves for two weeks’ time in the sun so that it would create a liquid fertilizer. After that you could water the plants with the brewed oak leaves monthly. Moreover, you may also use tea bags for this purpose. If you wish to use tea bags, you could simply open them and sprinkle the content on the soil layer when they are actively growing.

Additionally, you could use potato or rice cooking water also to feed the orchids naturally. These are also quite significant substances for providing nutrients naturally for the orchids. To briefly explain it, rice water would provide vitamin B for these plants.

On the other hand, potato water has calcium and Potassium included. So, all you have to do is to keep the water of the potato and rice when you cook them and place them in the refrigerator. 

You need to apply this every fortnight. That said, keep in mind that you need to first allow them to heat at room temperature and only then apply on the plants. Bear in mind that orchids are not the type of plants which will withstand excessive feeding. Ideally you need to feed them lightly. Having said that, if you make fertilizers naturally at home, it is very unlikely that you will end up in overfeeding them.

Credit to : Orchid Whisperer

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