There is something about orchids that appeals to gardeners. Maybe it is the waxy little flowers that seem to bloom forever, or maybe it’s the way they seem to float in mid-air. Whatever the reason, keeping your orchid plants healthy and happy is probably on the top of your list. You can make your own orchid fertilizer from several common household products.
- Cooking Water: As strange as it sounds, the cooking water from both potatoes and rice is good for your orchids. Rice water contains high levels of vitamin B, while potato water contains potassium and calcium. Save your cooking water in a jar and use it to give your orchids a boost every two weeks.
- Eggshells: The next time you are cooking with eggs, save the shells for your orchid. They contain both the potassium and calcium that your orchids crave. Wash and dry the shells and then crush them to a powder. Sprinkle the crushed eggshells over the soil of your orchids.
- Oak Leaves: Steeping a pot of oak leaf tea for your orchids provides them with nitrogen to healthy growth. Gather ordinary oak leaves from the yard and put them in a glass jar. You will need approximately 1 cup of water to two cups of oak leaves. Place the jar in the sun and allow it to steep for a week or two. Strain the leaves from the water and use it to water your orchids once a month.
Caution: Orchids are light feeders and suffer with too much fertilizer. If the leaf tips turn brown or the roots become dark, ease off on the fertilizer.