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Apr 27, 2021 8:01 PM CST
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Back in the 1970s I used a liquid fertiliser that used a dropper (like an eyedropper) to add the liquid to water. I do not recall the ratio, but it was something like 7-9 drops of the liquid to a certain amount of water. I used it on all of my plants, and they thrived.

Just started getting back into gardening in the last few years and want to buy more of this fertiliser, but I cannot recall the name. I think it was a green liquid. I used to buy it at Safeway and similar type stores. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Do they still make it? I was looking for it on Amazon, but I do not see anything so far that looks like the stuff I remember using.
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Apr 27, 2021 8:05 PM CST
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I have a bottle of this stuff at home. Is it Schultz liquid fertilizer? Smiling

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Apr 27, 2021 8:09 PM CST
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Yes! I am not 100% sure, but I think that is the stuff! Thank you!

Is that 10-15-10 thing a good ratio then?
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Apr 27, 2021 8:21 PM CST
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I see most people recommending 20-20-20 for most applications (which is really just 1:1:1 so you'll sometimes see it written like 7-7-7 etc.). But I've been using this product and it seems to work well for general purposes. I'm cautious, and I typically use it at half-strength or lower. Smiling

If you want to get really deep into the agriculture and horticulture, experts will recommend different ratios for different plants and different applications; that's beyond my scope. If you just want to feed a typical houseplant every once in a while, this product should be fine.

I bought mine at a hardware store, but I see this occasionally at grocery stores, too. It shouldn't be hard to find.
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Apr 27, 2021 8:24 PM CST
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Thank you, I found it on Amazon! I used this for years on all of my houseplants, and they all thrived. Part of it was they all had good daylight, too, which is important.

I tried Miracle grown last year, and I saw zero results. Now that I know Schultz is still around, I am going to use it. It should still work well enough for my purposes. So glad I found it!

Thanks, ignova.
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Apr 28, 2021 10:12 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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I've looked for this fert too. The eyedropper makes it so easy and fast to use. It looks like there is also a cactus formula that's 2-7-7. And one for AV's that's 8-14-9. If I saw all 3, I would choose the AV formula to encourage blooms, although a few plants like heart-leaf Philodendron vines are still not going to bloom. Most of my plants do bloom anyway when it's their time even when I haven't fertilized in a long time, but why not encourage it?
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Apr 28, 2021 4:03 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I used to buy the Schultz Plant Food Plus but I now prefer a slow release granular fertilizer like Dynamite 10-10-10. I do use the Schultz for African Violets and indoor orchids though.

Yes and use it at 1/2 strength. Less is more when it comes to fertilizer.
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Jul 26, 2021 8:00 PM CST
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My neighbour gifted me several packs of Jobe's plant sticks not long ago. I would not have purchased these myself, but I will use them since I am from the "waste not want not" school of another generation.

Besides, it would have been churlish to turn them down. I put some in my potted mini roses today. Hopefully, the roses will like the sticks. I used the ones for "blooming plants." Green Grin!
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Jul 27, 2021 7:16 AM CST
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I can understand not wanting to waste them but I encourage you to not put them in pots. I've seen at least a dozen posts in just the past few months on this site of people wondering why their plant took a sudden turn for the worse after those spikes were put in the pot.
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Jul 27, 2021 9:01 AM CST
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I agree
Although I have never used the spikes, anecdotally there seems to be a high rate of potted plant failure related to them, at least as reported on this site. I think the confined area of a pot prevents the fertilizer from properly dispersing and so it remains too concentrated where the spikes are placed.

Yet I know this product has been on the market for decades so it must be working for someone!. Perhaps do you have outdoor shrubs that might benefit from them?
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Jul 27, 2021 10:53 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Take the plant sticks out and crumble them up then use them. If the recommended dose is 4 sticks for your pot size, crumble two and scatter the bits over the soil.
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Jul 27, 2021 7:30 PM CST
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purpleinopp said:I can understand not wanting to waste them but I encourage you to not put them in pots. I've seen at least a dozen posts in just the past few months on this site of people wondering why their plant took a sudden turn for the worse after those spikes were put in the pot.


D'Oh! Oh, no! I hope they will be okay! I only just put them in the plants, though. I will watch them carefully. Thank you for the warning!
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Jul 27, 2021 7:34 PM CST
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NMoasis said: I agree
Although I have never used the spikes, anecdotally there seems to be a high rate of potted plant failure related to them, at least as reported on this site. I think the confined area of a pot prevents the fertilizer from properly dispersing and so it remains too concentrated where the spikes are placed.

Yet I know this product has been on the market for decades so it must be working for someone!. Perhaps do you have outdoor shrubs that might benefit from them?


I only just put them in the other day, but I am going to see if I can locate them and get them out once I feel better. The heat and humidity have taken a huge toll on me lately. Hopefully, I can do it tomorrow. If they have not dissolved, I can put them in the shrubbery. Thanks!
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Jul 27, 2021 7:36 PM CST
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DaisyI said:Take the plant sticks out and crumble them up then use them. If the recommended dose is 4 sticks for your pot size, crumble two and scatter the bits over the soil.


Good idea, thanks! I never even read the directions. I figured one spike to a pot. I should stick to the Shultz. I have had only good results with Shultz.
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