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Old 02-22-2020, 06:26 PM
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I'm bad about remember to use liquid fertilizer on a regular schedule, so I use a time release fertilizer. My concern with this is that as orchids tend to do, I have many roots at the surface or right below the surface of the growing media. I try my best to keep the time release pellets from being in direct contact with the roots, but sometimes they work their way down there, and end up touching the roots (I mostly grow in clear pots, so I can see this is happening).

I haven't noticed any obvious harm coming to the roots, no black burn spots where the pellets touch the roots, or anything of that nature, but it still worries me. Is this something I should be concerned about? Have other people who use time release fertilizer noticed any harm to the roots when the pellets touch the roots? Does anybody have any suggestions for keeping the pellets away from the roots? Or am I worrying over nothing?
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:24 PM
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Depends on what fertilizer and what orchids/plants you have whether you need to worry.
I use Osmocote for most of my plants and the more commonly grown types of orchids and I have never had any trouble with it. (I wouldn't use it on some of the miniature pleuros or Butterworts, though). I bought the little baskets that they sell for bonsai and fill them up with the osmocote, then push them into the medium. (my medium is lava rock).
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I just toss the time-release fertilizer pellets onto the surface of the pot, have never seen any problems. Some people put it in the middle layer during a repot, that works too (but requires that one thinks about it proactively... I usually don't remember until I'm done) At any rate, never had a problem.
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I use it only on Cymbidiums (a lot), and Calanthes (a little). Have never had a problem.

I know that Waldor Orchids use some on their Cattleyas, which have a lot of surface roots. Never seen a problem there.

A friend tried it one year on his Cattleyas. He probably used a bit more than Waldor. There was no damage to plants, but it appeared to inhibit blooming that season.
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Thanks guys! I feel better now. I mean, I've been using time release for about to years now and I grow in mostly clear pots (mostly Catts, Oncidium intergenerics, and Phals, with a few additional odd things here and there) so I can monitor the health of the root system, and I had never noticed a problem, but it still made me a little nervous, so it't nice to hear from other people that it's not something I need to worry about. Thank you for your reassurance.
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