Jerry’s Grow fertilizer (aka
Orchid Rocket Fuel) took the orchid world by storm a few years
ago and hasn’t let loose yet. Take that, Hurricane Isabel!
Jerry Rodder has won many, many AOS awards for orchid Culture
as well as awards for flower quality. Many people value culture
awards more highly than quality awards because they award the
person’s ability to grow orchids well, rather than some
arbitrary standard of orchid ‘beauty’. And Jerry has more
culture awards than you can shake a stick at. You haven’t
lived until you’ve seen the size of the plants he decorates
his sales booths with.
Jerry Rodder started growing
orchids rather late in life. His first love is gardening and he
and his wife Jill have a huge backyard garden to tend as well
as many fruit trees. After receiving patents for various
measuring devices, he retired and turned his inquiring mind to
what makes plants ‘tick. This naturally led to puttering
around with orchid fertilizer.
Through experimentation he
developed Jerry’s Grow, a fertilizer that has stumped the
orchid world with just how it cranks orchids into high gear and
makes them perform like no other fertilizer on the market.
Jerry will discuss orchid nutrition, and he will have some
plants for the Raffle Table.
- Kathy Barrett