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Old 11-30-2018, 01:49 PM
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Default Bone meal and a suggestion

Has anyone tried bone meal in their potting mix for orchids? Thoughts? I watched a video where a guy used Dolomite lime for hearty leaves and roots, but my garden store did not have any lime so they suggested bone meal.

Suggestion: is there a sub-category on here specifically for orchid fertilization? Would it be beneficial to start one?
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I top dress my plants with a teaspoon of bone meal and a teaspoon of blood meal when I place them outdoors in Spring. Another dose roughly 3 months later. It makes a noticeable difference.
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I tried using bone meal in my garden. My dogs went nuts, dug up everything and ate a lot of bone-meal-spiked dirt. In the front yard, I'm not sure if it was the neighbors' dogs or the coyotes who did the digging. Needless to say the plants didn't do so well. Never felt the need to try it on the orchids. Using a complete fertilizer seems to provide plenty of phosphorus. Blood meal sounds ghastly, but I'm sure the dogs would like to give it a try.
Dolomite lime will make the pH more alkaline, be sure that's what you want before using it. I think that most orchids prefer a slightly acidic pH.
Outdoor soil here has a pH of 8 or higher, adding lime would just make it worse. (Most Western soils are naturally already too alkaline.)
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:20 PM
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We have problems with flies when we use bone/blood meal in our vegetable garden. It keeps squirrels away though.
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