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    How to foliar feed (properly)

    I read that you're supposed to "only spray the leaves", and I've got my diluted mixture figured out, as well as how often and how much. What I don't have is the method.

    Do you just spray the Nep from say six inches away until it gets a little wet? I'm sure most people just spray, but my Nep is still kind of young so a lot of soil is exposed - if I just spray, some of he fertilizer will most certainly get on the top layer of soil.

    Is this OK, or do I need to do each leaf carefully? How about spraying the outside of the pitchers, good or bad?

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    Here's a better idea - don't waste your time and feed a different way. Foliar feeding does practically nothing.
    Just water the plant w/ the soln.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    Here's a better idea - don't waste your time and feed a different way. Foliar feeding does practically nothing.
    Just water the plant w/ the soln.
    Really? I thought foliar feeding was as effective, or was preferred.

    Should I use a 25% solution and water the Nep only with this solution (every time), or stick with the typical 50% solution and water with the solution only twice a month?

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    ive never heard of a nep die from just water, personally i wouldnt bother.

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    I use 20-14-13 every two to three weeks. 1/4 tsp per gallon.

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    I'm using 19-31-17 once every 2 weeks. 1/4 tsp per gallon.
    (Schultz Orchid)
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    I've put fertilizing on the back burner for the time being. I used Neptunes harvest fish emulsion/seaweed organic blend at 1/4 strength, applied to the 'soil', and flushed out the next day, twice a month for about 9 months. I developed quite the algae problem, and I found it was breaking down the media (perlite/coco fiber/coco chips mix) at an accelerated rate. The plants themselves seemed to handle it fine, although I noticed no discernable difference between my fertilized plants and my 'control group' non fert. group after 9 months. But, it seems most people swear by fertilizing, so I may slowly start again with one plant later on. I probably wasn't doing something right.

    I haven't tried orchid fertilizers. Do they lead to media breakdown and algae also? If so, I'll pass. Although, I hadn't thought about applying the fertilizer directly into the pitchers. Does it cause a shortened pitcher life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightsky View Post
    I haven't tried orchid fertilizers. Do they lead to media breakdown and algae also? If so, I'll pass. Although, I hadn't thought about applying the fertilizer directly into the pitchers. Does it cause a shortened pitcher life?
    I have problems with neither algae nor shortened pitcher lifespan (at least that I attribute to fertilizing).

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