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Old 02-11-2020, 09:40 AM
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Hiya gang!

So let me tell you the genesis of this question.

I have quite a few orchids that are mounted and then hung in or near trees. I do this because some of my orchids are special to me and I want to be able to keep them always and so I don’t mount them IN the trees but rather hang them out in the balcony of the tree, typically hung from a chain.

I water these plants but not anywhere near as often as my others and, consequently, they are rarely fertilized. I never give any thought to the nutrient needs of my tree mounted ‘chids as they get leaf drop and runoff and etc. but these guys, I doubt much runs down the chain and what does likely has very little value.

I wanted to experiment with the slow release pellets in a small net pot on the top of some of these mounts to replicate the occasional trickle down of food that they would get.

Sooooooo what’s the best slow release pellet fert for orchids ???


Also, I will be doing this as an experiment but if anyone has strong feelings about this or some personal experience, please share so I can learn from your time and effort.

Thanks

---------- Post added at 09:40 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:38 AM ----------

Something along the lines of this

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So I can have some choices about how to affix it to the various mounts.
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Slow-release fertilizer can be placed in a section of pantyhose and hung above the plant.

I can not recommend one, but consider the formula, and more-importantly, the application duration at your temperatures. They are all temperature-, not timed release, so one intended to pay out its contents in 6 months at 70 degrees will dump it in about 3 months at 90.
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very good to know- i was looking into the ones that were geared to orchids until i started to compare them and i realized it was a totally bogus claim as they ranged all over.

i am thinking of a low dose balanced formula like a 12-12-12...any reason to go higher like 20-20-20? i just fear it would burn
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Anyone have any experience with any brands? Good or bad?

I know I’ve seen those little tea bags and net pots in some of your pics (accusatory eyes!!!)
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Ray I found a few companies that give hot weather and cool weather dosing suggestions so I am using their “high” and “warm” to calculate their values.
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