I grow a lot of tropical plants here, and I'm a big believer in fertilizer. And my experience is that fertilizers are all pretty much the same. And the worst thing that you can do is to not fertilize your plants! So, I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive, but good, fertilizer. And these *plant food spikes* are brilliant!
So, this is what you do: Keep a sharp eye out for the first sprouts, and then put the plant food spikes between them. It's best if they're spaced slightly uphill, that is, between the plants and the watering system. And don't worry about hurting the roots - you will do more damage by not fertilizing them! And a bonus is that these little spikes loosen the soil a bit, which, especially here in the desert, gets tightly compacted season after season, and which discourages water from getting where it should go.
|Freesia, March 13, Glendale, Arizona|