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Re: plant food spikes suitability

Mixalis <mixalis420 at home_com> wrote:
> Subject: plant food spikes suitability
> I know that this question has been asked, but I failed to find an answer in
> the archives. I am unable to find the ferns and palms Jobe's formulation. I
> did, however, find some spikes from Garden Basics (manufactured by Gro Tec
> for Wal-Mart) that are formulated at 13-4-5. These spikes nitrogen is 2%
> nitrate nitrogen, 2% urea nitrogen, 2% water soluble organic nitrogen, and
> 7% water insoluble nitrogen. The package states that: "Plant nutrients
> derived from Ureaform, Triple Superphosphate and Potassium Nitrate, Chlorine
> maximum 0.20%." Are these spikes a suitable substitute for the highly touted
> palm and fern spikes by Jobe?

They'll work just fine. I know the feeling when it comes to finding 
Jobes palm sticks. I guess not enough palms growing in Upstate 
SC to support a shipment to Walmart? Go figure. 

Jamie    <"\\\>< Aquatic plants, water chemistry, and cichlids
Greenwood, SC     http://www.ais-gwd.com/~jjirons