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[APD] Re: Jobe's Spikes for Houseplants
After using Jobes Spikes for Palms and Ferns for a year, I had a bad
experience when I accidentally disturbed my substrate removing a plant with
an enormous root system. I have not used them since.
In searching for an alternate substrate fertilizer for my swords, I tried
Seachem Flourish Tabs. These seemed to eliminate most signs of nutrient
deficiency, but no spectacular growth.
Then I discovered the substrate fertilizer system from Plantguild
(http://www.plantguild.com). It lets you mix whatever you want with a
special clay to make a substrate pellet. Since I have lifetime supplies of
KNO3 and Plantex CSM trace here, I decided to give it a try.
Preliminary indications are that it works really well. Swords are showing
better growth. I do not yet have a feel for how long a pellet lasts, or how
big a pellet to make for a given plant, which I expect to learn over time.
The great news, I can flush the Jobe's spikes once and for all.
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