Best Fertilizer Spikes for Your Outdoor Ferns

Fertilizer spikes help gardeners to raise the healthiest and biggest garden items by releasing fertilizers slowly into the soil. There are pros and cons to using fertilizer spikes and if you do your research you can avoid many pitfalls that come with the improper usage of these spikes. This article will also discuss the best kind of fertilizer spikes for your outdoor ferns.

Outdoor Ferns

Ferns are popular landscaping plants. They come in various colors, heights and sizes. Most ferns are popular because of their easy to maintain characteristics and because they resist most insect infestation. Ferns have been around for a very long time and have adapted themselves to thrive in most adverse conditions. Some ferns will spread themselves out as they thrive, covering your grounds as background, or they will grow taller with full, overhanging leaves to be used as decorations for your garden, or as mere background contributors. Ferns like shades, though you can find some that will grow in the sunny areas of your garden. In order to find the shady or the sunny areas of your garden, observe your garden throughout the course of the day. The areas where the sunlight stays the longest would be considered the sunniest areas.

Use the Correct Type of Spikes for the Garden

Fertilizer spikes have a three numbered description on all their packaging. The first of the series of numbers represent the percentage of nitrogen present in the fertilizer. The second number in the series represents the percentage of phosphorus. The last number represents the percentage of potassium in the fertilizer. You can easily research for the specific type of plant or garden item and find the three numbered series of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium specific for it and match it to the fertilizer spike. Most packaging comes with helpful pictures and labels to aid the consumer also. Fertilizer spikes come made for generic outdoor trees or shrubs, evergreens, azaleas, tomatoes, palm trees, citrus trees, rose shrubs, generic vegetables, outdoor as well as indoor plants. You can check for a fern specific packaging. If all fails, each gardening or home improvement stores generally have helpful gardening experts who can probably lead you to the right fertilizer spike best for your type of garden item. Ferns need a good dose of nitrogen to keep them looking green. A good first high number and the second and third following a 3-1-2 ratio seem to work best for most ferns.  

Correct Application of Fertilizer Spikes

Some gardeners have complained of damage to roots or uneven distribution of the fertilizer resulting in plants dying or withering in some areas while other areas thrived. Ferns are light eaters and only need one application of fertilizer during early Spring or in the early growing season. Check with the store gardening expert to make sure that the size of the spike you are getting will deliver the correct dosage of fertilizer to your ferns. Drive your spikes into the ground after measuring the correct distance as specified in the packaging. Evenly space out your spikes so that all underground fern roots have easy access to the fertilizer spikes. Water the ground until soaked so that the fertilizer, when released, will spread out evenly into the soil.