Can an orchid be fertilized during flowering? How to apply top dressing at home and outdoors?

Can an orchid be fertilized during flowering? How to apply top dressing at home and outdoors?

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Orchid is a fairly popular flower. Caring for her requires a special approach and attention. In our article, we will analyze the fertilization processes during orchid flowering.

You will find out: can this be done during the flowering period? How and in what sequence to carry out this process? And also, how to feed a flower in the house and on the street? Provided step-by-step instructions for fertilizing and tips for the correct feeding.

Can I apply top dressing if the plant is blooming?

You can feed the orchid, but for this there should be the allotted time:

  1. With the onset of spring, when the flower grows in full swing and gains strength.
  2. In the summer, with the active continuation of the growth of leaves, but before the appearance of the first bud.
  3. When the plant blooms, the root feeding is replaced by foliar feeding.
  4. In the autumn flowering period, fertilization is allowed only on the leaves and superficial roots.
  5. With the arrival of winter, the plant hibernates and dormancy comes, so the flower is not fertilized. But many orchids do not always have a pronounced dormancy. Yet they need rest.

Do I need to do this?

The conditions in which the orchid grows contain a small amount of fertile soil. Therefore, she needs additional feeding.

Important! With a lack of nutrition, the orchid will be prone to chlorosis. This is a disease in which there is a violation of photosynthesis in the leaves. They begin to turn yellow and fall off. The development of the flower slows down.

To avoid this, timely application of the necessary fertilizers is recommended. This is especially true for fluorine and potassium. They are responsible for the splendor of flowering.

Nitrogen is needed for young shoots and leaves to develop well.... But there are still a number of prohibitions:

  • It is not recommended to apply root dressing to a weakened flower.
  • The same goes for the transplant. This cannot be done immediately after the process. It is necessary to let the plant get used to the new place of residence for about a month.
  • Immediately after purchase, it is strongly not recommended to fertilize the orchid. She must adapt and bloom.
  • If the flower is in the process of active flowering, no fertilizer is applied under the root system. Foliar dressing exclusively on leaves and aerial roots.
  • Cannot be fertilized during the hot summer period.

The plant should be taken care of and carefully examined. Before using any drugs, you need to carefully read its instructions. In it you will find all the useful information, including the dosage.

What are the consequences of fertilization during this period?

In case of vigorous flowering, only root feeding is prohibited. And if this is not observed and not taken into account, then the plant will drop the already blossoming flowers. Also, new buds no longer form. Therefore, we do not stop making foliar dressing. Otherwise, you can return to the effect of chlorosis.

For the appearance of a peduncle, the plant has already accumulated everything it needs... When it blooms, it consumes previously accumulated energy. When fertilizing under the root system, the plant may refuse to bloom. Instead, give preference to assimilating the fertilizer.

How to fertilize a flowering plant?

As already mentioned, when flowering, we use exclusively foliar dressing. Mostly universal fertilizers are used. They contain all the necessary elements. Therefore, you do not need to add any additional substances. Next, let's figure out which fertilizers you need to use.

At home

  1. Complex fertilizer during flowering... Recommended for use as a last resort. If you need to feed, but there is nothing else. Direct the solution with the lowest concentration. To get it, take three more water.
  2. Liquid feed for orchids... It's a good choice. Only when diluting the fertilizer, use twice the volume of water, starting from the amount indicated in the instructions.
  3. Fertilizer solution for foliar feeding... They are very convenient to use, as they are available in the form of a spray.


In open field conditions, the orchid does not really need fertilizers. Therefore, the same fertilizers that are used for indoor plants are quite suitable.

Step-by-step instructions: how to apply top dressing?

Let's analyze these processes in more detail:


  1. It is enough to apply fertilizer a couple of times every 30 days.
  2. The required amount of top dressing should be diluted.
  3. If this is a root dressing, then we direct the solution twice less concentrated than usual.
  4. Pour the finished mixture into a spray bottle. We configure it so that it does not spray with a jet, but spray.
  5. Shake the bottle with the contents before use to avoid scalding. Since a concentrated salt sediment settles at the bottom.
  6. Spraying is carried out evenly on both sides of the entire foliage. The solution can also be lightly applied to aerial roots.
  7. Do not spray the contents on flowers and buds that have not yet been opened. The same applies to shoots and growth points.
  8. Fertilize in the morning and in the evening.
  9. Do not place the flower in direct sunlight after the procedure.

    On a note: in order not to burn the leaves, you need to give them time to dry.

  10. The foliar feeding process is recommended to be carried out indoors, with a maintained temperature of 18 to 25 °.
  11. The slurry fluid should be 2 ° warmer than the room air.
  12. Use only soft and settled water.


  1. Take half of the fertilizer rate and mix it with warm water at least 20 °. Prepare a solution.
  2. Pour the finished mixture into a spray bottle.
  3. Shake just before the process. If this is not done, then concentrated particles of this composition can burn leaves and flowers.
  4. Spraying is carried out exclusively on the leaves on both sides. And also a little of the composition is applied to the roots located above the ground.
  5. We feed the flower in the morning so that the leaves have time to dry before midday heat. Or during the day, but in cloudy weather.
  6. It is not worth arranging the feeding process in the evening. If the temperature is low at night, it can provoke unwanted diseases.
  7. You can do this a couple of times a month.

Orchids are considered a capricious plant, therefore the fertilization process must be approached especially carefully... Correct flower care, as well as correctly selected supplements, will provide your flower with the necessary trace elements and amino acids. This will help you grow a beautiful and healthy flower. He will surely delight you for many years.

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