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Offline Leisl

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Fertilizing for flowering
« on: July 26, 2014, 21:45:59 »
Hi All

I would like to give my plants a bit of a feed before flowering time.  I realise it is a bit late but my plants flower late in Somerset West, usually the end of September.  Is 3:1:5 the best option or can anyone recommend something with more vuma??

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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 22:02:48 »
Hi Liesl,
Im a beginner so probably shouldn't give advice at all but Im trying Starke Ayres 6:20:30 for flowering orchids at the low strength mix for my pots, and just Organic 3:1:5 for garden (full of little creatures). Hope its ok and nothing disasterous happens.
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2014, 22:18:30 »
Hi Leisl,

I also spray feed my plants every two weeks with Multi K from Haifa.
I got this advice from Heinie, but I also root feed 3:1:5.

Good Luck!
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2014, 22:26:50 »
Do you think getting high Potassium in via a liquid spray is quicker and/or safer?
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2014, 04:39:43 »
Do you think getting high Potassium in via a liquid spray is quicker and/or safer?

imo yes, spray to the underside of the leaves though

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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2014, 07:01:00 »
Jenn, I am not an expert, but I did confirm with the supplier and Multi K is strongly recommended by them.
I also agree with Mick.
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2014, 11:16:53 »
IMHO it would be good to exercise caution with   ferts , at this time when the flower buds are presenting .
Ferts , insecticides and Fungicides  could harm the flower buds .
So avoid spraying on the buds .
We water copiously with spring water at First Show ... ie the scape pushing .
I spread Fire Wood ash on the surface of the pots , it is rich in  Potassium and contains trace element , water in well .
No harm will be done and clivias will benefit by spreading say a 1/2 teaspoon of Potassium Humate on the surface of the pots and watering in well, Google  " Potassium Humate " for more info .
We prefer Potassium Humate to Potassium Nitrate , even though it costs more .
We also place a quarter of a Guano pill just under the surface of potting medium on 2 sides of the plant at this time of year
as a controlled release fert .
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2014, 11:53:59 »
This is how we water our breeding plants as soon as we notice the flower scape emerging .
The potting medium is rather dry at this time of year and watering with a hose is time consuming and it could take many waterings before the medium is properly saturated .
Placing pots in a water filled plastic basin for a few hours does the trick .
You could even add some Fert to the water if you so please .
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 00:58:59 »
Thank you for the good advice everyone. I must investigate all those fertilizers and be more careful.
In Cape Town our plants are almost drowning at this time of the year, and strangely enough they have a growth spurt even though its so bitterly cold, without the bugs and diseases of summer.  What a joy.
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2014, 09:55:16 »
My plants will all get Potassium nitrate I already applied some wood ash from the fire... already some flower spike emerging

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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2015, 12:55:33 »
This is a very informative post for anyone that was not on the forum last year this time!!

Thanks!
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2015, 07:15:56 »

In Cape Town our plants are almost drowning at this time of the year, and strangely enough they have a growth spurt even though its so bitterly cold, without the bugs and diseases of summer.  What a joy.

Same here in Adelaide South Australia, cold some rain, a lot colder expected over the weekend but strangely quite a few new leaves appearing, and a friend in another Australian state has said the same thing.
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Re: Fertilizing for flowering
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2015, 09:23:22 »
Thanks Conrad

This helps a lot!

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