Fertilizer for Orchids


TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs
Functionalities of TotalGrowthBloom™ fertilizer for orchids
Fertilizer for orchids should comprise a well balanced and engineered mixture of essential ingredients and agents to assist, promote and maintain optimized absoprtion of nutrients by orchids combined with enhanced protection. Without an appropriate mix of fertilizer ingredients and agents, orchids will not grow and bloom optimally in cultivation.

Fertilizer mixtures can be defined as follows: a fertilizer mixture should contain all food components, other ingredients and additional agents that, besides water, CO2 and light, are necessary to optimize orchid growth, blooming and protection in cultivation.

TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs is a well balanced and engineered orchid fertilizer and contains a broad spectrum of growth, blooming and protection assisting elements.

TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs comprises the following set of essential ingredients for the following functionalities:

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Inorganic bulk elements serve as basic assisting materials for growth, blooming and root development.

Inorganic trace elements serve as assisting materials for, among others, cell wall development.

Solvation promoting agents keep the ingredients and agents soluble for enhanced absorption.

Food absorption assisting agents enhance the absorption speed of nutrients by orchids.

Water droplet reducing agents reduce the presence of harmful water droplets on leaves and roots.

Water film formation promoting agents enhance the formation of water films on leaves and roots.

Oxygen slow-release agents produce oxygen to reduce fungi growth and oxidize ions to nitrates.

Bug discouraging agents dislodge or kill insects or pests.

Ph buffering agents keeps the pH or acidity levels within a favourable range.


Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs.

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Inorganic bulk elements

Inorganic bulk elements of fertilizers comprise: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) and to some extent magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca). Nitrogen promotes growth, phosphorus promotes blooming and potassium promotes the development of a strong root system.

Often, a fertilizer mixture is characterized by a set of 3 numbers denoting the percentages present of the inorganic elements in the order N-P-K. If a fourth number is added, it represents the percentage present of N-P-K-Mg, or the percentage present of N-P-K-Ca, as indicated.

A typical fertilizer for promoting growth of orchids is the nitrogen (N) rich mixture N-P-K 12-8-4.

Nitrogen can be present in fertilizer mixture as ureum molecules (O=C(-NH2)2), ammonium ions (NH4+), nitrite ions (NO2-) or nitrate ions (NO3-).

Never use ureum for orchids because ureum as such cannot be consumed by orchids. Ureum needs micro organisms to be converted into nitrate ions that can be consumed by orchids. This conversion process takes a long time and usually ureum has alreday been flushed out of the potting mix before it has been converted to useful nitrates and thus is useless for orchids.

Ammonium ions can be consumed by orchids but at a lower rate than nitrates. Ammonium ions can be oxidized to nitrates by certain oxidizing agents and thus consumed quicker by orchids.

Also nitrite ions can be converted into nitrates by certain oxidizing agents and thus consumed quicker by orchids.

The best nitrogen source for orchids are nitrates because they are consumed quickly by orchids and can start the orchid's growing activity virtually right away.

A typical fertilizer for promoting blooming of orchids is the phosphorus (P) rich mixture N-P-K 15-30-15.

Phosphorus is often present in fertilizer mixtures as phosphate ions (PO4---), but its percentage content is often expressed as P2O5 molecules.

A typical fertilizer for promoting root development of orchids is the magnesium (Mg) containing potassium (K) rich mixture N-P-K-Mg 8-12-24-4.

Potassium is often present as potassium ions (K+), but its presence often expressed in K2O molecules.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Inorganic trace elements

Inorganic trace elements necessary for a healthy orchid growth comprise, among others: boron (B), copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), silicon (Si), chlorine (Cl), other elements.

These elements are present in a fertilizer mixture in the order of hundredths of a percent only. They often serve purposes like building blocks for cell membranes, etc.

Irrespective their small relative abundances, if trace elements are absent, orchids will not grow and bloom optimally.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Solvation promoting agents

Fertilizer components and ingredients sometimes tend to form insoluble materials in the potting mixture if they are appied in certain (undesired) combinations. This tendency reduces the effectiveness and the efficiency of fertilizers to serve as growth and bloom promotors for orchids.

In order to prevent the formation of insoluble materials, certain complexing materials should be added to te fertilizer mixtures to enhance the solubility of components and ingredients thereby increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of fertilizers.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Food absorption assisting agents

Fertilizer components and ingredients should be present on roots and leaf surfaces in such chemical and physical states that these components and ingredients can be readily absorbed through the root and leaf skins or cell membranes.

Certain agents promote the existence and presence of such chemical and physical states therewith strongly influencing and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the fertilizer absorption process through root and leaf skins.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Water droplet reducing agents

When fertilizer solutions are made available to the roots and leaves of orchids, the absorption of fertilizers by roots or leaves is proportional to the surface area that the fertilizers cover.

If the presence of fertilizers is confined to droplets on the root and leaf surfaces, the active, effective surface area for absorption is that of the droplets only.

To increase the active, effective fertilizer absorption area, the fertilizer droplets should be transformed into a fertilizer solution film covering the entire root and leaf surface areas. Water droplet reducing, or water film forming enhancing agents increase significantly the root and leaf surface areas available for fertilizer absorption.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Water film formation promoting agents

In order to enhance and optimize the absorption efficiency of fertilizer ingredients and food components through leaf and root skins, the fertilizer components and ingredients must be dispersed as efficiently as possible over the entire root and leaf surface areas.

Water film formation promoting agents assist in the converion of fertilizer containing water droplets into a fertilizer containing water film. In doing so, the fertilizer ingredienst are dispersed over the entire root and leaf surface areas thereby increasing significantly fertilizer and food absorption efficiency.This should result in better growth and blooming of orchids

In adition, water films dry up more quickly than water droplets. This prevents undesired long time presence of water droplets on vulnerable orchid parts such as young shoots thus reducing the potential hazard of young shoot rot, etc.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Oxygen slow-release agents

Roots need circulation of fresh air and oxygen to prevent rot, etc. In addition, the presence of oxygen releasing materials reduces the presence of undesired fungi and pests.

Fertilizers should comprise oxygen releasing agents in order to reduce the presence of undesired organisms therewith reducing rot and other undesired effects.

Oxygen releasing agents can convert (oxidize) ammonium ions and nitrite ions into the quicker consumed nitrate ions thus enhancing the growth rate of orchids.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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Bug discouraging agents

Bugs are a potential hazard to orchids. The presence of bugs can be reduced with pesticides or with bug discouraging materials.

A well balanced and engineereed fertilizer mixture could contain bug discouraging materials. Often such bug discouraging materials comprise ingredients that do not act chemically on bugs like a pesticide does, but act physically on bugs like discomforting them through deregulating their breathing system and the like.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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pH buffering agents

Micro-organisms cause decay and acidification of orchid potting mix. The acidification of orchid potting mix is the biggest potential hazard for the healthy growth of orchids.

The pH of the orchid potting mix after watering increases continuously as a consequence of the decay products generated by micro-organisms during the decay of orchid potting mix.

During drying up of the orchid potting mix, the pH of the wet orchid potting mix increases even more owing to the increasing concentration of decay products during drying up.

A well balanced and engineered fertilizer mixture should contain materials to de-acidify the orchid potting mix during watering and buffer (= keeping constant) the pH of the potting mix even during the drying up process.

Various orchid potting materials possess different acidification rates. Therefore, a well balanced and engineered fertilizer mix should contain potting mix independent pH buffer materials.

In addition, fertilizers should contain a number of other ingredients and agents possessing special functions as mentioned in the list under set of essential ingredients

Fertilizers comprising the above mentioned components, ingredients, or agents are commercially available under the name TotalGrowthBloom™ from OrchidFertiLabs;

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