I use old panty hose, but my supply (from years ago when I actually wore them) is running low - would you be able to make tiny baskets out of window screening? That's going to be my next try. The panty hose started giving up and getting holes in the mesh before the fert was used up last summer. Probably the sun degraded the fabric.
Hmm, we could roll a little cigar sized roll of window screening, put in some pelleted fert and staple the ends of the little roll closed . . . they could even be re-used when the fert was gone! I'll try one in the morning and let you know. We have a roll of old screening out in the shop.
This is the Bayer 3-in-1 I've used before that has no fert in it. http://www.bayeradvanced.com/f...
Are you using the Rose and Flower Care? That one has fert and also says it has the 3-in-1 systemic and fungus stuff.
You might want to look for fert with a low middle number, Lindsey. Your water undoubtedly already has pretty high phosphorus content in it, as does most water in Florida. Theory in the latest book I've been reading (Martin Motes' 'Florida Orchid Growing') is that too much can block the plant from taking up other nutrients. I'm using potassium nitrate for regular fertilizing now, with added magnesium (a tablespoon of Epsom salts) every second time. It's 14 - 0 - 46. My orchids have responded amazingly since I started using it.
You really want to drive on the freeway for an hour or so with bamboo poles sticking out the window? I have a better idea - see if you can snag Jim, pay for his gas to drive his truck down, we'll tour Selby on my membership, and maybe Tropiflora - they have a "Winter Sale" going on next weekend, Friday and Saturday. I'll supply lunch and your free
bamboo poles will get back almost to your place in Jim's pickup truck.