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Name: rajat bhatt
99352 (Zone 8b)
Sep 21, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Is it true that plants roots are able to find their own micronutrients thus its not important to get enriched potting soil any regular potting soil will do as long as we add time released fertiliser ? If so had used jobe sticks for tomato plants in the past but they still just did not grow ?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 21, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Are you growing in a pot or in the ground?

If in the ground, you shouldn't be using potting soil at all. That is for container grown plants.

To answer your questions: The difference between potting soil and enriched potting soil is that the enriched stuff comes with a short supply of fertilizer built in so you don't have to fertilize immediately. Yes, if your plants are getting a well balanced fertilizer, the micro-nutrients are built in (read the label) and the plants will find them. It is dangerous to add micro-nutrients willy-nilly, they should be part of the bigger plan. Fertilizer needs to be re-supplied on the recommended schedule (read the label). Jobe sticks are not going to supply what your tomatoes need for any length of time. I like the idea of time release fertilizer but Jobe sticks just aren't it.
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Name: rajat bhatt
99352 (Zone 8b)
Sep 21, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Thanks, appreciate the quick response

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