Water absorbing polymer gels (some folks call them "hydrogels") are non-toxic moisture retaining soil additives, offering houseplant fanciers and homeowners help in watering their plants. When dry these polymers look like sugar. But when water is added, they act like sponges in the soil, absorbing water when it comes by and then making that water available to the roots of plants over time. When; the polymers are fully wet they look and feel like small cubes of clear gelatin.
Polymer Gels are synthetic polymers in the form of tiny beads or crystals, again looking like sugar. They have an enormous capacity to absorb water, expanding up to 40 or 50 percent of their size when mixed with water. The polymer material cannot be absorbed by the plant. However, plant roots are attracted to it, gradually migrating toward it and eventually growing right through individual water-filled crystals.
Advantages Of Polymer Gels
Polymer Gels reduce the frequency with which plants must be watered, providing a safety net for those times we forget to water or rainfall is scarce. These products help assure a more consistent water supply which promotes a larger root system and improves plant health.
They retard, and even eliminate, transplant shock if soil with activated Polymer Gels is part of the soil ball of the seedling. The more water absorbing polymer in the soil around the roots, the easier it is for the plant to handle the transplanting trauma.
Polymer Gels absorb liquid fertilizer just as they do water, serving as food storage reservoirs in the soil. As the Polymer Gel crystals expand and contract responding to water availability, they aerate the soil. Polymer Gels are valuable in improving very sandy soils; for example the Soil Moist™ brand can increase the water holding capacity of sand by over 700%. Polymer Gels are non-toxic and neutral in pH. Most will last in the soil 4 or 5 years before they begin to break down.
8oz SoilMoist Organic Blend - Soil Additive with Beneficial Bacteria - Treats 5000 Square Feet
- Ideal for plants under stress
- Increases organic content in the soil
- Improves root zone fertility
- Increases natural bioactivity in depleted or sterile soils
- Treats up to 5000 square feet
Most planting sites lack the beneficial fungi and bacteria that plants, flowers and trees need due to tillage, home construction, site preparation and the removal of top soil. These activities reduce the beneficial bacterial forming potential of the soil. Soil Moist Organic blend is formulated from six species of a beneficial microbial blend of rhizosphere bacteria, humic acid, sea kelp extract, dextrose and yeast extracts. These water soluble bacteria are for all trees, shrubs and plants that are planted in biologically depleted soils. The establishment of beneficial bacteria is important for soil structure, fertility and plant growth. The formulation is effective in a variety of growing and temperature climates.
Uses For Poymer Gels
For application details check out the following files:
Using Water Absorbing Polymers
Using Polymer Gels In Containers
Using Polymer Gels When Planting Trees
Using Polymer Gels in The Flower Bed
Using Polymer Gels When Starting seedlings
Using Polymer Gels With Houseplants
Using Polymer Gels With Cut Flowers