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Like any living thing, flora and fauna require nutrients to thrive at their maximum potential. When natural growth cycles are lagging, plant food spikes can help enhance the growth process and target specific aspects of your plant, including its color, as well as stem and leaf growth. Adding a spike to the soil of your flower, plant, or tree—whether they’re indoors or outdoors—shows you’re willing to take initiative, but finding the right match is important. Below are some of the best options to perk up any sad leaves.

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Know when to apply spikes seasonally to which plants. The best options allow you to simply insert the fertilizer directly into your plant, strengthening it over time. You can also save yourself extra hassle by selecting products that are pre-measured or ready to go upon arrival.

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Look out for formula and fertilizer ingredients that are compatible with the plant, flower, or tree you are aiming to give a boost. Don’t forget to water as you normally would.

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Monitor your greenery’s progress by taking notes or photos and comparing them over time. As with any growth process, noticing a difference can take time. You (and your plant) can benefit from a record of how it reacts to the spike.

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