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    Previously, I've ordered pre-DIY'd Osmocote tabs from the US since Osmocote is not available in Canada. I understand the formula to use is Osmocote plus 15-9-12 slow release granules that you insert into size 00 gelatin caplets. This one
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    I can't find another fertilizer with the same values.

    What I have found is Miracle Grow slow release graduals 18-6-12
    https://www.miraclegro.com/en-ca/pro...ubs-plant-food

    Does anyone know if this could be a suitable substitute or of a better one? I ordered 1000 empty gelatin caplets and thought it would easier to fill them

    What I notice is the Osmotote granules last up 5-6 months whereas Miracle Grow says it lasts up to 3 months. My gut says it's not good enough. Also the prices of Osmocote are higher. You get what you pay for- sometimes. I'm not necessarily looking for a cheaper alternative, just one that is available locally.

    I may be able to order a case of Osmotote on Amazon, if so, it will cost more, but if it's worth it, I will look into it. The Osmocote tabs have worked very well for me.

    For those who have made root tabs before, would a 2 pound container of Osmotote be enough for 1000 gelatin caplets, or is that a small container?

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    I don't have experience but would love to know as well.
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    No experience here either, but it would be nice to know if this would be a good alternative to Osmocote
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    That's a really good question. And I think it probably depends on needs of the particular plants. It's lower in P and higher in N which in aquarium stuff N is generally more abundant already. I'd say go ask at TPT and see what they say.

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    Thanks all. Yep, I'll check out TPT. I think it's best to go with Osmocote, I'll check to see if there's another alternative. I didn't like it that it's only 3 months compared to 6. If I find something, I'll update here.
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