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Old January 9, 2017   #16
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I think they make a big difference but I use two per plant in the spring and that seems to work very well for me.
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Old January 9, 2017   #17
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Presume you are referring to the little spikes that are about 2 x 1/2 x 3/8" thick? Apx, of course. Or do they make something larger now?
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Old January 9, 2017   #18
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Yes those are the spikes I use.
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Old January 9, 2017   #19
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What I think is good about them is the NPK of 6-18-6. The spikes are readily available, inexpensive and don't take up a lot of room. If you put the spike in when directed then your plants should have the phosphorous needed (P) when flowering starts.

I would definitely recommend it to a new gardener or a gardener that does not have the funds or inclination to have a lot of gardening products. I don't think that it has calcium in it, so it can't be touted as a Blossom-End Rot preventative.
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I would definitely recommend it to a new gardener or a gardener that does not have the funds or inclination to have a lot of gardening products. I don't think that it has calcium in it, so it can't be touted as a Blossom-End Rot preventative.
Yup. I have a tomato based calcium added fert that I use. The spikes are for the phos. Containers and regular rainfall here keep me on my toes with trying to keep my plants supplied with what they need.
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Old January 14, 2017   #21
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Over here in the UK/Ireland we have a similar product, Westland Gro-Sure Tomato Easy Feed Sticks. I tried them out on some of my micros last year. It seemed to work well. Especially considering I killed one of my peppers with a miscalculated dilution of liquid feed
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I think that Jobe's Tomato Spikes work well. I had good luck with my tomatoes in pots. I will use them again this year too. If I can find them. But Warning: Rotten Dachshunds like eat them too! Aren't the Jobe's Spikes supposed to be plant food!
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