CALCIUM: Functions as Fertilizer

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Occurs in plants as calcium pectate; cements cells together; moves various compounds within the plant; enhances root development; is relatively immobile so a continuous supply is necessary. AU75-47
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CALCIUM BUILD-UP: On Leaves It provides protection from hot sunshine in California. OD68-197 0
CALCIUM CARBONATE (CACO3): Used in Mixes In paphiopedilum mixes it is used as an additive in various forms: chalk, limestone, marble, magnesium limestone, gypsum, coral, shells of molluscs, etc. A75-712 0
CALCIUM: Characteristics An essential element; removes certain organic acids; is part of cell wall construction. OA78-51 0
CALCIUM CHLORIDE, ANHYDROUS: Used for Storing Pollen and Seed Is sold by scientific supply houses; place a layer of it about 1/2 to three-quarters of an inch in the bottom of a Mason jar; cover with 1/2 inch layer of cotton before placing seed. A67-45 0
CALCIUM: Contributes to Drainage In the presence of calcium particles in the media flocculate or come together; in the presence of organic matter, aggregates are formed and drainage is thereby achieved. OD71-278 0
CALCIUM: Deficiency Black areas appear on cattleyas during hot weather but they are not likely caused by sunburn although the symptoms are similar; deficiency symptoms are most prevalent when cattleyas are in active growth and new leads are maturing; add a little lime to the top of the potting medium: a level teaspoon to a 6inch pot is ample. F83-54It causes young leaves to turn black at the tip, then spreads downward, preceded by ye1low "halo" or margin; apply lime to the top of the mix in the pot. AH86-101; F87-58 0
CALCIUM: Supplying a Necessary Element Calcium hydroxide is the most suitable source, at 50 to 200 ppm., or one gram of Hydrated lime to 10 litres of water, or 2.25 grams per 5 gallons of water; refer to AU84-97 0

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