fertilizing 1st year Cyp seedlings

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Abgeschickt von Stephen Vella am 20 Oktober, 2005 um 00:50:20

Hi again,

Is fertilizing 1st year deflasked Cyp seedlings a good idea? There seem to be mixed messages in regard to this topic.

I am aware of the dilution rates of 1/10 stenghths and use of Osmocote. Stay away from organic fertilizers and urea. And always leach out the potting mix between fertilizing. But when it comes to applying them should one consider the make up of the potting mixes? Ones with pure inorganics compared to ones with 10% organics (coir, bark no humus)...can they both do with fertilizing?...or not bother fertilizing the mixes containing organic?...and should one consider the more hungry species...? What are the more hungry species?

And some say "don't fertilize, as mine all died"....may be from other cultural reasons or are some species sensitive to fertilizers?..and I know not to fertilize C.acaule and C.arietinum.

Also, when to apply the fertilizers, can one apply them as the buds are bursting or when fully leafed out?

Expert advice is much appreciated.


Stephen, Horticulturist


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