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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Allow the soil around the orchid plant to dry out between watering. Apply the fertilizer to the soil right after watering.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Use a lower nitrogen strength fertilizer every fourth feeding. Orchids need fertilizer, but are sensitive if overfed.

Step 5

Cut back fertilizer to 1/4 the normal amount in winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never add fertilizer to a dry plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden shovel
  • High nitrogen fertilizer
  • Low nitrogen fertilizer
  • Teaspoon


  • Growing Orchids

Who Can Help

  • American Orchid Society
Keywords: orchids, orchid care, orchid food

About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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