In this guide we’ll take a look at the best orchid foods for the UK market.
I’ve compared nutritional value, effectiveness, sprayer design and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Orchid Food?
More Detailed Orchid Food Reviews
Miracle-Gro Orchid Plant Food Concentrate Review
This Miracle-Gro Orchid Plant Food Concentrate comes in a 236 ml bottle with a pump dispenser which makes it easy to use just the right amount of fertiliser. The instruction suggests using 1 pump per litre of water and to water every week during the growing season. Obviously, 1 litre is quite a lot of water, so if you only have a few orchids you might want to make up a batch in a separate bottle and use this to save wasting water. If you prefer to feed your plants bi weekly, you should add 2 pumps to 1 litre of water.
The food contains a blend of 9 essential nutrients and is lower in nitrogen and higher in phosphorous and potassium. This is just the right balance to encourage orchids to flower.
Within two weeks of using this food, the two orchids I tested it on were looking healthier. The leaves had more shine and were plumper than before. After the fourth week, I had two new flower spikes emerging on one. The other one was already in flower and I am sure that the flowers lasted longer than they had previously done.
I was amazed at how quickly this orchid food worked and I’m really happy that my orchids seem to love it so much. This food is also excellent value for money, and in my opinion is the best orchid food on the market.
Baby Bio Orchid Food Review
The Baby Bio Orchid Food is slightly smaller than the Miracle-Gro, however, you use less of it, so it still works out at good value for money.
The directions recommend that you add 5-10 drops to ½ litre of water and use this every time you water during the growing season.
This food soon began to work, and my orchids looked healthier and had glossy, plump leaves after about three weeks of feeding. After using this product for about six weeks, I noticed some new flower shoots on both of my orchids, too.
This orchid food worked well, is simple to use and good value for money. It is ideal if you only have a few orchids as you can mix it in a small amount of water to save waste.
Growth Technology Orchid Myst Spray Review
This orchid mist is very simple to use. You simply spray a few squirts onto the plant every few days during the growing season. The mist contains all the nutrients your orchids need, and the spray is designed to replicate the nutritional environment of these plants in the wild. Using a mist spray helps prevent waterlogging the roots and also adds humidity which orchids love. You can mist this spray onto the leaves but also the exposed roots of your plant.
This Growth Technology Orchid Myst Spray is easy to use and its quite handy to be able to water and fertilise your plants separately. My orchids also seem to like the extra humidity and the foliage looks exceptionally healthy with lovely bright green, glossy leaves.
After about two months of use, both one of my orchids began to develop new flower spikes. The other one was already in flower when I started using it, and the flowers lasted a long time before drooping and dropping off. The 300ml bottle will probably last me through the growing season on the two plants I am using it on.
I found this orchid food took a little longer to work than the Miracle-Gro on the orchid that had no flowers, but both plants now look really healthy.
Baby Bio Orchid Drip Feeders Review
These Baby Bio Orchid Drip Feeders are really convenient to use as you simply pull off the cap and push the feeder into the orchid pot. Each drip feeder lasts for four weeks.
The drip feeders are the perfect solution if you are unsure about how often to feed your orchid and how much to feed them as this has all been worked out for you.
The feeders get to work quite quickly, and my two orchids were looking healthier than they ever had after just a couple of weeks. After another two weeks, I had a new flower spike on one of them, too.
This orchid food works out a little more expensive than a bottle of orchid food, however for sixteen weeks of convenient fertiliser for one plant they are pretty good value for money.
This is a really convenient way to feed your orchids and is ideal if you only have one or two orchids as there is no waste. They do a great job at keeping your orchids healthy and encouraging new flowers.
Growth Technology Orchid Focus Bloom Review
This Growth Technology Orchid Focus Bloom has higher levels of phosphorus and potassium to support and prolong heavy flowering. It also contains humic and fulvic acids for healthy growth. The food is easy to use, simply mix a teaspoonful with 2 litres of water.
I found that my orchids looked much healthier within two weeks of using this food and one had a new flower spike emerging after about five weeks.
This is a great value product that would be ideal if you had a lot of orchids to feed.
Orchid Food Buying Guide
Choosing a plant food specifically designed for orchids is a good idea to keep yours looking healthy and to encourage plenty of new flowers. You can either choose a product that you dilute yourself, a drip feeder or a mist feeder. I have found that a combination of diluted product and a mister also works quite well in the growing season to ensure you can provide enough nutrients without overwatering.
If you are not yet a confident orchid grower and only have one or two orchids, then you might find a drip feeder suits you best. Drip feeders are also convenient if you are going to be away on holiday for a couple of weeks.
How often should I feed and water my orchid.?
Orchids do not like to sit in water and their roots may rot in wet compost. You should water then about once a week but ensure that you allow excess water to drain away thoroughly. Ideally, use tepid rainwater to water them.
Orchids also like high humidity so you should mist them daily or sit their pots on a wide saucer of gravel half filled with water.
Different types of orchids have different nutrient requirements; however, most are not particularly heavy feeders. As a general rule, feed with a liquid orchid fertiliser every other watering during the growing season.
Many orchids need a rest period, usually during the winter months, when watering and feeding should be reduced.
Can’t I just use a more diluted houseplant food to feed my orchid?
You can do this, and it will probably keep your orchid alive and flowering. However, complete orchid foods have added micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, boron and copper that these plants require in small amounts for optimal health.
Your orchid may get some of these nutrients from tap water if you use it. However, it is a good idea to use a specific orchid food at least once a month to ensure your plant gets the full range of nutrients it needs.
Where should I position my orchid?
Orchids do of course need light and too little light will result in dull, green leaves. However, too much light will turn the leaves yellow. Try to find a bright place out of direct sunlight for your orchid. Near a north facing window usually suits them very well. Most orchids like daytime temperatures of about 21 degrees Celsius and a night time temperature of between 13 and 15.