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Default Orchid Fertilzer on Other Plants???

This might sound like an odd question but can you use orchid fertilzier on your regular plants? I have some lavender, sage, pointsettas, angel wing etc.. and was just curious if I could dilute my orchid fertilizer and use it on these plants?? Just trying to be frugal and not buy another fertilizer separate for my other plants....

I currently use bloom buster orchid fertilizer.. i forget the acutal concentrations in it... but yes is it okay to use on other plants?
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Absolutely! After my fertilizer solution has gone through the orchid pots, I dump it on my garden.
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Me too! Don't dilute it. Your conventional plants can handle any nutrient concentrations that your orchids can. Smart idea!
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I've been doing it for years. Only thing is, when my spider plant blooms, they look like little dendros.

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Great question! I was wondering the exact same thing! Thanks!
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Cool... what is the differences btw fertilizer for regular plants and ones especially made for orchids? Nitrogen and phosphorous content?
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Its the only kind of fert I use. Why are orchids so sensitive to concentration? Is it because they are epiphytes? If so, then its a good thing I use orchid fert on my Anthuriums.
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I think we use special orchid fertilizers based on the science behind the needs of the plants. Just as an example, I mulch around my Rhubarb plants with an inch or more of straight urea fertilizer because it's a plant that demands really high nitrogen and urea is cheapest source. I would never think of doing that with orchids! But I found the left over orchid fertilizer liquid is fine on the rhubarb, if I supplement with more urea. It doesn't hurt to reuse the fertilizer in a garden.
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What does a rhubarb plant actually look like, LOL? Sure you can use it, and full strength too. Miracle Gro fertilizer is 15-30-15, the balanced version (Peters, Schultz) of water soluble is 20-20-20, bloom boost regardless of brand is usually 10-50-10. Orchid fertilizer is just another combo of NPK is a slightly different ratio.
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What does a rhubarb plant actually look like, LOL? Sure you can use it, and full strength too. Miracle Gro fertilizer is 15-30-15, the balanced version (Peters, Schultz) of water soluble is 20-20-20, bloom boost regardless of brand is usually 10-50-10. Orchid fertilizer is just another combo of NPK is a slightly different ratio.
Rhubarb looks like a giant chard plant with stems on steroids.
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