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Is it necessary to supplement Calcium & Magnesium when using RO , so i
suppose what i am asking is does a standard feed contain enough ?
I am reviewing my feeding regime as my water pump has packed in, questioning
quailty of my rain water and some leafs of plants are turning
yellow/bleached from the end of leaf moving down .
At the moment i am using a standard 2-1-4 granular feed and adding sulphate
of ammonia to make it 4-1-4 and supplementing Cal & Mag.
I mix 15ml of the feed ,5ml SofAM, 5 ml Cal , 5ml Mag add this to my main
solution ( 100ml water) then gradually add this to 80 lts until my required
strength is reached depending on time of year,then alter the ph to 6-6.1.

The bleached leafs effected my Masdevallia the most , but it is appearing on
some Coelogyne & Den tips.
So i am thinking of simplyfying my regime to the 4-1-4 only and altering
the PH .I am also concidering using a standard liquid feed /adjusting the
ph.

Any advise is apprecciated.
Keith



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Old 26-06-2009, 12:41 PM posted to rec.gardens.orchids
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Keith,

Ca and Mg are absolutely essential plant nutrients.

Might I suggest you take a look at the MSU RO formula, and use it as
your guide for complete plant nutrition:

http://www.firstrays.com/MSUFert_RO.htm


Ray Barkalow
First Rays
www.firstrays.com

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Is it necessary to supplement Calcium & Magnesium when using RO , so i
suppose what i am asking is does a standard feed contain enough ?
I am reviewing my feeding regime as my water pump has packed in,
questioning
quailty of my rain water and some leafs of plants are turning
yellow/bleached from the end of leaf moving down .
At the moment i am using a standard 2-1-4 granular feed and adding
sulphate
of ammonia to make it 4-1-4 and supplementing Cal & Mag.
I mix 15ml of the feed ,5ml SofAM, 5 ml Cal , 5ml Mag add this to my
main
solution ( 100ml water) then gradually add this to 80 lts until my
required
strength is reached depending on time of year,then alter the ph to
6-6.1.

The bleached leafs effected my Masdevallia the most , but it is
appearing on
some Coelogyne & Den tips.
So i am thinking of simplyfying my regime to the 4-1-4 only and
altering
the PH .I am also concidering using a standard liquid feed /adjusting
the
ph.

Any advise is apprecciated.
Keith




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