The general recommendation is to use 1ml to 1.5 litres of water once a week. However, this is just a recommendation, and we encourage you to experiment and find what works for your growing situation.
Some growers will use 1ml to 1 litre of water, and others will 1 ml to 3 litres of water. Experiment and find the dosage that works for your plants.
We believe that this is good practice. In nature, epiphyte type plants receive a weak dose of nutrients every time water moves across their roots.
If you are watering several times a week, use less fertiliser per watering. For Dyna Gro, 1 ml to 2 or 3 litres should work.
There are many reasons why an orchid does not flower. One of the more common reasons is insufficient light. If your orchid is not flowering, move to a location where the light is brighter. Some early morning or late afternoon sun is beneficial. Be careful not to place your orchid in a position where it receives bright hot sun (A few hours before and after midday.) as this may burn your leaves.
Light is necessary for photosynthesis to occur. Photosynthesis creates food and energy, which an orchid will use for growth, flowering and building cells.
The light requirements for the different orchid genera vary. Some orchids can be grown outdoors in the sun, and others prefer darker or filtered light. For most orchids, green colour with slight yellow undertones, similar to the colour of healthy grass, will suffice.
The best way to feed your orchids is to use a very weak concentration of fertiliser every time you apply water. For most hobby growers, this may not be feasible. The general rule is to feed your orchids once a week with a very weak solution. If you are using a Dyna Gro Nutrient Solution, the dilution rate would be 1ml Dyna Gro to 1.5. If you are feeding twice a week or more, the dilution would be 1 ml to 3 litres of water.
GROW 7-9-5 can be used on all plants grown indoors & outdoors. It has a good balance of nutrients for both leaf growth and flowering. Foliage Pro 9-3-6 has higher nitrogen availability and is best suited for plants that have more leaves. If you wish to use a lower nitrogen formulation then, BLOOM 3-12-6 is the product to use.
You will get good results from feeding weekly at a dilution rate of 1ml Dyna Gro to 1.5 litres water. If you feed your plants twice a week, adjust your dilution ration to 1ml GROW per 3 litres of water.
During winter, you may be watering approximately every four or five days, and that will be fine to feed your plants on the same watering cycle.
If you have children, then the chances are that you are familiar with Milton Steriliser Tablets. You may not know that Milton tablets can be used to sterilise pots and the equipment we use for our plants. A 15-minute soak will kill 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores (even tough dormant bacteria).
There is no need to rinse your pots and equipment after sterilising, and it is better to allow the sterilised equipment to drip dry.
It can be safely used as a foliage spray or soak on plants that have disease or rot. I have no experience using it this way, so please be careful when using it on your plants.
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