How to Fertilize Orchids
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There are more than 25,000 orchid species named so far. Orchids are considered elegant, exotic and one of the royal flowers in the floral kingdom. Orchids, although considered difficult to grow, can thrive if proper growing conditions are met. When growing orchids, pay attention to climate, soil conditions, watering specifications and plant food.
Apply a nitrogen rich fertilizer, at 1/4 strength of the manufacturer's recommended dosage, to the soil around the orchid plants every time they are watered.
Allow the soil around the orchid plant to dry out between watering. Apply the fertilizer to the soil right after watering.
Use a teaspoon to administer the fertilizer. If your orchid plants are surrounded by bark, move the bark aside so the fertilizer blends well with the soil and isn't hindered by the bark.
Use a lower nitrogen strength fertilizer every fourth feeding. Orchids need fertilizer, but are sensitive if overfed.
Cut back fertilizer to 1/4 the normal amount in winter.