Have you repeatedly, especially in summer, found your orchid seedlings or flowers in less-than-optimal condition, even with the utmost care and perseverance? Know that this is normal. This is because its organisms need the right nutrients to trigger the basic processes. Processes that lead a plant to grow fast, with lush, luxuriant leaves, roots and flowers.
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Healthy orchid: useful info
Soil does not always have biochemical characteristics that can assist the above processes. Of course, there are fertilizers to help in this case. But it is difficult to find everywhere a fertilizer that is of good quality and good for our orchids. They also involve an expense that we would have to face periodically, not to mention the inconvenience in transporting heavy bags.
A small trick with important power will allow you to reuse food scraps that would otherwise go into a dustbin. All you need are some very ripe bananas, water and a stove. Bananas contain a high percentage of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium such that they can be considered a real boon, even for plants. Take ripe bananas and cut them into coarse slices. Weigh ¼ lb of bananas and put them in a saucepan along with one 1 quart of water.
Bring the water to a boil and with low heat continue for 40 minutes. At this point, let the pot and its contents cool completely. In the meantime, to prepare the orchids to best absorb the nutrients in our fertilizer, proceed to water them with little water. With this expedient you will make the roots stronger, the flowering will be wonderful and the leaves more vibrant, hardy and intensely colored.
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Another very important detail so that the health of your plants is kept at its best is the time of day when you water your plants. Ideal times, especially in summer, are in the early morning or late afternoon when the air is cooler. Take a small amount from the liquid in the small pot to use right away to help the orchid recover. The rest of the liquid should be blended together with the banana slices with the peel, the real eco-friendly and natural fertilizer will be ready. The newly prepared fertilizer, whenever needed, should be used through dilution in a ratio of 4/1 (water/fertilizer). The undiluted part can be stored in a closed jar in the refrigerator. As you can see, it is an easy, practical, quick solution to fertilize orchids in an environmentally friendly way.