Pros: They work and couldn't be easier to use.
Cons: The package.
I wanted to write about Jobe?s Plant Food Spikes because?
I have used Jobe's Plant Food Spikes for many years and they work! I always have a box of them in my refrigerator. Actually box isn't quite accurate. They are contained in a plastic area with a cardboard backing. You get them out by opening an area on the cardboard. I don't particularly like the package.
They should be stored in a cool, dry place and that is where I store them.
Please make sure you keep them out of the reach of children.
About the product:
~Jobe?s Plant Food Spikes are thin green sticks that are almost 2-inches long.
~Each spike contains nutrients that are released gradually into my houseplants.
~The sticks stay at the roots of the plant so that when you water the plant the nutrients don?t get washed away like they might with other types of fertilizers. I have never used any other kind on my houseplants, though, but I imagine liquid fertilizer may wash away more easily. Don?t quote me on that because I can?t compare the liquid to the stick.
~They are made by Weatherly Consumer Products and can be seen at: http://www.easygardener.com/plantcare_products.html
When I use Jobe?s Plant Food Spikes:
~I have always had a lot of houseplants. Right now, in my small house I have about 15 plants. I don?t have a green thumb; I try to have plants that can take care of themselves but they do need some help. The spikes are supposed to be used every 60 days. I am not disciplined enough to mark on my calendar when I need to replenish the spikes so I go by how my plants look.
~When I see a plant that is a bit wilted, for example, and not because I have been away and haven?t watered it, I will give it plant food. It is usually then, that I go around the house and stick a spike into each plant. I also use them if I see more dry leaves than I expect. Dead and drying leaves can be a natural cycle of regrowth I have been told, but if I see more than I feel good about, I will put in a spike.
How I use them:
They cannot be easier to use! I just push a spike into the soil half way between the plant and the outside of the pot. For very small pots, I have even broken them in ? although that is not suggested on the package. I then give my plant a good watering. Some of my plants are in gravel and pushing them in can be tough but I just feel around for a softer spot. I have never had trouble putting in a spike.
~On the package there is a recommended number of spikes depending on the size of the pot. They are:
~ 4-inch pot- 2 spikes
~ 6-inch pot- 3 spikes
~ 8-inch pot- 4 spikes
~ 10-inch pot-5 spikes
~ 12-inch pot-6 spikes
What is in these?
The total nitrogen is 13%. To break that down it looks like this:
Nitrate Nitrogen- 2%; Urea Nitrogen 2%; Water Soluble Organic Nitrogen 2%; Water Insoluble Nitrogen 7%. It also contains 4%, Phosphate and 5% Soluble Potash.
My final thoughts:
~I only paid $.99 for 30 sticks. My package says they are a New Larger Size but they honestly look the same size as all the other packages I have owned and there have been lots of these in my house.
~They are inexpensive and so easy to use. More importantly, for me, they have always revitalized my wilting plants, or the ones that just don?t look so great.
~Keeping up with a new spike every 60 days is the best advise I could give you. From now on I will make sure to do that also.
~They work well on any kind of plant. I have flowering plants, cacti, ivy and jade plants to name a few. They work well on any kind of houseplant although I am aware that the company makes fertilizers for certain types of plants. I don?t think you can go wrong with Jobe?s and even if your plants look healthy, giving them some extra nutrients is a good idea.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.