flowering early or late?

Bonaventure Magrys magrysbo at SHU.EDU
Tue May 28 18:31:28 CEST 2002

I give 1 watering of high nitrogen fertilizer, 30-10-10, or fish emulsion
5-1-1 (also high N, the first number of the combination). After blooming
(or blooming period) at least one watering of high phosphorus, something
like 10-60-10, also known as "bloom booster" is watered in. I feel this
helps promote strong tuber growth and stimulation of the setting of next
year's flower bud in the new shoot primordia. Follow fertilizer directions.
I usually do 1 tablespoon (about 15 cc [lets not get into this debate again
please!]) per gallon (3.8 liters, or in Great Britain, if you so choose,
litres) although you may double up on the fish emulsion. NEVER APPLY
FERTILIZER TO A DRY PLANT. Best to water it first. I do the same for
orchids, replacing "pseudobulb" for tuber, except use quarter strength on
all others than my Cymbidiums, Phaius, and Catasetums.
Bonaventure W. Magrys
Cliffwood Beach, NJ

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