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Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


June 18, 2002
2:22 AM

Post #33178

Do they work at keeping a soil from drying out quickly?
thanks
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2002
2:43 AM

Post #283957

I swear by them, that's the whole idea. There are many brands out there, but they most definately can help hold the moisture in the soil. You have to experiment so that you don't keep things too wet. The links below might help.


http://davesgarden.com/showthread/225655.html

http://www.watersorb.com/
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2002
10:40 PM

Post #286425

Kell I agree with Azalea. The first time I used it only on my tomatoes. When I transplanted them in the garden the soil in the pot was bone dry and the roots were moist. I use it in all my pots and my tomatoes, hydrangeas and clematis.
Brook
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2002
11:57 PM

Post #286484

I used them the first time this year when I repotted all my seedlings. I was off on a week-long roadtrip, and needed some way to keep the pots moist.

They worked like a charm, and I'll probably use them again.

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


June 21, 2002
6:08 AM

Post #286715

I am sold, I will order some tonight. Too bad I did not have it the last 2 months...but I will use it next year in all my pots!
thanks
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


June 23, 2002
6:44 AM

Post #288214

I use a Sunshine Watersaver mix to transplant little seedlings each spring. We had such a bout of rain a week ago, that the poor six pack plants had water crystals the size of jello cubes!
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2002
7:48 PM

Post #343166

LOL! I usually add the crystals to a glass of water and let them rehydrate before putting them in my pots; it seems to cut down on the Jello Syndrome. Been there, done that, too!! The kind I use right now is Soil Moist. You can re-use them, so save that potting soil from year to year! :)
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2002
9:24 PM

Post #343213

That's the whole point Kell!!
Bug_Girl
San Francisco, CA

September 2, 2002
7:25 PM

Post #344606

I did not like those crystals, for one thing you have to bury them dig or they will come to the surface and become very slick, in fact you could fall down if you slip on them. I don't think they really save water and they don't last that long either. Also because they rise to the surface they pushed some seedlings right out of the ground. I think old fashioned perlite and vermiculite work best. Home composting over all will improve the soil to the point that it stay wet longer. A layer of homemade compost cuts down on watering better then any thing else. But, any type of mulch will also help.

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