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Orchids are the favorite ornamental plant of many people due to their elegant beauty. In order for your orchids to bloom abundantly and beautifully, it is important to provide them with enough nutrients. How do you fertilize orchids?
Your orchids should be fed weekly during their growing time with diluted fertilizer. Also, remember to water them before fertilizing. You can nourish your orchids with either artificial or homemade fertilizers. Today, let’s learn more about orchid fertilization with Flower Bed Nursery.
You can use natural ingredients to fertilize your orchids in a 20-20-20 ratio. Artificial fertilizers are convenient, but they may contain harmful chemicals for your orchids. Natural fertilization is beneficial for your plants, your budget, and the environment. Some popular natural orchid plant manures are eggshells, dried chicken bones, milk, molasses, etc.
Orchids can tolerate being watered with ice cubes. We will provide some recipes to make these manures at home later in this post. You can naturally fertilize your orchid plant one or two times per month during the growing season.
How do I care for Phalaenopsis orchids? Fertilize your Phalaenopsis orchids every one to two weeks when they are actively growing and every three to four weeks when they are blooming or in winter. The fertilizing orchids and potting mix are enough to keep the Phalaenopsis orchid plant alive and healthy.
Orchids need nutrients to grow, so you should feed them properly. The best time to start fertilizing is after your orchid has finished blooming.
Expert orchid growers typically feed their plants once a week. Some orchid growers get great results using organic and inorganic orchid fertilizers together. The recommended orchid fertilizers have a balanced ratio of phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium, such as 20-20-20. During the growing season of this plant, you should fertilize it lightly.
During this time, the fertilizer solution should be diluted to a concentration of 50% of the recommended dosage. Before applying the orchid fertilizer solution, remember to moisten the soil. In this way, you can protect your orchid from burning roots.
Now let’s move on to some natural fertilizer recipes for orchid plants. The ingredients used in these recipes are easy to find in your home.
Ground eggshells make an ideal natural fertilizer. These nutrients are essential for your precious flower plants to thrive.
Here are the steps to make manure from eggshells:
Spraying your plants with this solution every two weeks will help provide them with more potassium and calcium.
Chicken bones are another readily available source of calcium and magnesium for plants. You can follow the recipe below to make fertilizer from chicken bones.
You can apply this chicken bone mixture to your orchids once a month as a natural fertilizer.
To fertilize your orchids, you can make a solution using one part cow’s milk and three parts water. Another choice is a molasses solution made with one teaspoon of molasses and one liter of water.
After the last flower has fallen, your orchid will enter a dormant period that lasts about 6–9 months. It needs proper care during this time to be ready to rebloom. Follow the steps below to encourage your orchid to bloom again.
Hopefully, through this post, you have learned how to nourish your orchids with fertilizers. Proper fertilization will help this plant thrive and produce more blooms. It’s also interesting to make natural manure for your flowering plants by yourself. Thank you for following this post!