Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Orchids Care - Fertilizing, Fungicide Application And Watering

After securing the Renanthera cutting to the wooden post and embedding it into a big clay pot 2/3 filled with broken charcoal and bricks it was then placed at a less sunny location of my garden. The next thing is taking care of the plant. I usually use Gaviota 63 (with higher N of the NPK component)for growth and Gaviota 67 (higher P) for flowering on matured plant. I spray and drench the plant with Gaviota 63 twice weekly. In between the fertilizing I alternate it with fungicide (Thiram or Captan) and insecticide (Malathion or Rogor).Every week I ensure my plant get 2 doses of fertilizer and one dose each of insecticide and fungicide treatment. Strength of solution is as per manufacturer specification on the label. Care should be taken as not to exceed the manufacturer specification since higher concentration may burn tender root tips. This may to a certain extend slow the growth of the plant. Watering is usually twice per day, morning and evening.

Cultural care for Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Phaphiopedilum and Phaleanopsis can be obtained at

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