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    Updated on Jul 30, 2020. Posted on Jul 30, 2020

    These $4 Plant Food Spikes Will Probably Save The Plants You Always Kill

    Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Spikes are the affordable savior your not-so-green thumb has been waiting for.

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    I know — you do your best to be a great plant parent. You give those spoiled brats all the TLC they could ever ask for, and what do they do to repay you? They wilt if you so much as water them a half hour too late; they droop and pout and die at the slightest inconvenience.

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    Enter Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Spikes, easy fertilizer sticks that are here to be your foliage co-parent and nourish your plant bbs even when you're not around. You only need to replace them every 30-60 days (depending on the season) so they require approximately zero effort.

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    Just follow the directions on the package to figure out how many/what portion of the sticks your plant pot needs, use the included spike tool to poke a hole in the soil, pop in the stick, then go about your business, watering the plants like you usually would. Reviewers like the one below say they can really help even plants that seem past hope.

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, and three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny. Since I tend to kill them anyway, I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple of days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —victoria

    Ummm, and did I mention these wonders are only $4.17?!?!

    Psst...there are some plants that don't like to be fed, so check out this list from Horticulture of some plants you should pass on fertilizing.

    The proof of these babies' effectiveness is really in the review photos and the testimonies of concerned plant caregivers like yourself. Not just surviving but thriving. We love to see it.

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    The reviewer pics above are all of the same plant — the left one shows how this magical stuff helped the rather sad dude perk up in just 10 days, and the right one shows that he's like a whole new plant two months later!

    Promising review: "These are the best supplements for your plants. My plant was dying and had lost most of its leaves. I didn't want to re-pot it because the plant had already grown from a tiny little 6-inch counter top plant to a monster, but I didn't want it to die either. Buying these feeder sticks was a last-ditch effort to save the guy and it worked! The fertilizer sticks are easy to use — you just push them into the soil and water. Your plants will flourish once you start feeding them these little guys. I highly recommend this product for happy healthy plants and for plant owners that don't want to re-pot!" —Crystal

    I'm living for these before-and-after photos — talk about a glow (or rather, grow) up!!!

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    Promising review: "I absolutely adore this product. When I first got my coleus plants I seriously thought they were going to die in less than a week and I was just searching on Google for a quick fix, and I came across these plant food sticks. I honestly didn’t think they were going to help, but my plant is amazing now. I just stuck these in the soil and watered the plant regularly, and two weeks later it was ready to move into a bigger pot. It is growing and it's beautiful, it's vibrant; every positive word you can think of basically. Thank you so much Miracle-Gro for giving me a green thumb. Update two months later: My plant is brilliantly humongous and just still growing as an indoor plant. I love it. I have to use a ruler to make a path in my planter now because I transferred it to a 16-inch pot. It’s still growing in my apartment by the window. I know it’s going to make it through winter. Now I use these for my other plants (parlor palm and Joseph’s coat croton) and they are growing beautifully as well. I just ordered more." —suttonkae

    This reviewer actually saw their tomato plant perk up a bit in a matter of hours! 😲🍅👏

    On the left, a plant with leaves looking slightly droopy. On the right, the same plant slightly taller and perkier, with the text "overnight"
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    Promising review: "Let me start by saying I did not purchase these from Amazon — I just wanted to write a review because it worked. I had a couple of these sticks left over from at least two years ago. On April 25, I planted all my veggies, so I basically re-potted green and red peppers, jalapeños, strawberries, and this bad boy here, a husky cherry tomato plant. I was very nervous because this was my first time venturing past jalapeños, which are very easy to maintain. On April 27, two days after I did all this potting, Chicago got 3 inches of snow!! I had to pull them inside and my plants did not like it — they started wilting right away! On April 29, I panicked because we were now in a flood warning for the next four days due to rainstorms. I thought for sure my plants would die, so I searched my drawer for the little Miracle-Gro sticks and said a little prayer and 'good luck little buddy.' I went to let dogs out at 4 a.m. and noticed the plant was taller. I took a picture of it the night I put the stick in (which is the left side of the photo, about 8 p.m., and the right side is the morning at 4 a.m.). The room they are in is about 50-60 degrees and due to the rain, sun is limited...very very limited. But I have hopes I will have fruit/veggies this summer!!" —susan

    Even if your plants are actually looking healthy and fine (good for you), these can help them grow and live their best life. Your plants can have a little food stick, as a treat.

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    Promising review: "My rose plant grew so much in a week! I’m shocked!" —Rodney

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.17 — your plants will thank you.

    If you've got an orchid, you can get a special version just for them — $5.08 for a 10-pack.

    You and these sticks teaming up to help your plants grow like never before:

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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