How to fertilize Orchids

How to fertilize Orchids

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How to fertilize orchids

There's an old saying regarding watering Orchids: Water weekly, weakly. And almost the same goes when it comes to fertilizing them: they need fertilizer but don't fertilize them too much and not too often. They will handle too little fertilizer way better than too much. A minimum is to fertilize them once every month, but we would suggest fertilizing them according to Plantas schedule.

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Choose the best fertilizer

You can use any fertilizer suited for Orchids or any balanced fertilizer

  • Some examples when it comes to NPK*: 30-10-10, 15-5-5 or 20-20-20).

  • For boosting blooms next year, select a fertilizer with higher Phosphorus (NPK 10-30-20) and fertilize your orchid with it during the fall.

* NPK: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K)

Recommended fertilizers

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This is how to fertilize your orchid

  • Select your balanced fertilizer that's suited for Orchids. Mix the fertilizer in water according to the instructions. Can't find any instructions for Orchids? Mix it at half-strength.

  • Slowly pour the fertilizer into the pot until it runs out from the holes in the bottom / dip the pot into the water with fertilizer and let it soak for approx. 5-10 minutes. Just make sure to protect the leaves from the water / fertilizer mix.

  • Drain any excess solution after 20-30 minutes.