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Off Topic.....How to care for Orchids, Organically?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by BostonBull, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    I just purchased my first INDOOR plant. It is a 'Phalaenopsis' species of orchid. They have no traditional root system, in soil. They grown on moss and rocks in a pot. The place I bought it said no fert, every website calls for fert. I know someone here must have experience with these, and can help me.
     
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,008

    This year I built two large raised beds for my wife to grow veggies. They are 15 feet by 4 feet and two feet tall. I filled them about 2/3rds full with soil from sod that had composted all the way down and and then mixed the remaining with about 1.5 to 2.0 yards of leaf/grass compost mixed with the same soil/sod soil.

    My question is will this supply enough N for a vegetable garden or do I need to supplement soy or alfalfa meal? So far almost everything is up and appears to be doing very well.
     
  3. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 766

    for prized plants i like bat,sea bird guano's my self.
    what kind of medium is it in? temps? light source?
    is it actively growing? flowing?
    is it showing signs it needs feeding? no? then leave it be for now. most impotently water it correctly.

    can't go wrong with worm cast tea,....kelp meal/tea,fish h. ete ete
    what ever you do don't over feed, watch the plant and it will tell you what it need's.

    maybe down the line repot with a really good draining nutrient rich mix?
    research it more.
     
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,008

    Sorry, thought I had hit the new thread button, disregard.
     
  5. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    Nice thread derail.........thanks!

    anyone have experience with this species of orchids?
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    Not sure, but consider where/how orchids get their nutrients.
     
  7. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    by this, you're referring to the fact that they are air rooted plants and do not live in soil??
     
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    ........ yes
     
  9. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 766

    same way other plants feed is the same way that plants feeds more or less, the roots still need to anchor in some thing? draw nutrients from. a place for biology to live/draw from and cycle nutes to the plant, these plants like soil less/airy rich organic matter mix's?

    the roots of this plant are in a medium no? in some type of organic matter mix correct?

    what kind of medium is it in? bark mix? bark/moss? other?
     
  10. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    they are in Sphagnum Moss, and decorative rocks.
     

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