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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:34 am 
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I got my wife an Orchid for Vday. I have read that a monthy feeding of worm castings mixed with an inch or two of water, that the whole pot is set in, is the best way to feed an orchid. Does anyone have experiance with this? I'm a worm guy - so this is great for me, but I want to make sure, before I start telling people to care for thier prized orchids in this way. Any down sides? I don't see any. Thanks

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:26 pm 
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You might want to ask on this forum, http://www.orchidgeeks.com/

It sounds like a good method, but I'm a newbie with orchids. Let us know what you do and how it works out.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:58 pm 
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Thanks, I've posted this question there, I have started this plan - we'll see how it works?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:15 pm 
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Good, hopefully someone there will offer their expertise. I've been helped there quite a bit. I've managed to keep 2 orchids alive for a couple of years now, thanks to their help. Now I just need to get them to bloom!

I was at a garden show yesterday that had a lot of orchids for sale and I was so tempted to buy another one, but told myself that I need to get the ones I have blooming first.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:46 am 
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luv2grdn wrote:
You might want to ask on this forum, http://www.orchidgeeks.com/

It sounds like a good method, but I'm a newbie with orchids. Let us know what you do and how it works out.


Luv2grdn,
Here is the thread from orchidgeeks - Good info - http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/newbie-questions/15661-orchids-and-worm-castings.html

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Thanks. Always interesting to see what people do and the result they get.

Here's a thread you might want to read through. I used the mix they talk about and so far so good. http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orchid ... media.html


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:12 am 
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Orchids have very sensitive roots. Directly putting worm castings may harm the orchid's roots.

Diluting the worm casting and having worm tea as liquid fertilizer is a great way to lessen the concentration of the nutrients from the worm castings to the tolerable amounts of concentration Orchids can take. Spraying the worm tea is the way to go.

Fertilizers are not readily absorbed by the Orchid's roots, they need microbes to break down the nutrients for them to readily absorb.

Here's a helpful article about Worm Tea

http://www.squidoo.com/Making-the-best-Worm-Tea-with-Red-Wiggler-Composting-Worms

http://hubpages.com/hub/Red-Wiggler-worms-How-to-make-Worm-Tea


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