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  • Water Beads Are An Amazingly Absorbent Polymer Technology

    In the early 1960s, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was conducting work on materials to improve water conservation when they created the modern day absorbent polymer technology. These water absorbing polymers are also know as hydrogel. Imagine these long chains of molecules that are capable of absorbing huge amounts of water with the ability to release it to a plants roots sometime in the future.

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    This is the absorbent polymer technology that is used in agriculture, forestry, water conservation and landscaping applications. This technology has real world possibilities as a way to deal with severe drought.

    At home this technology is commonly used for plants in containers and flowers in vases. Have you experienced the frustration of checking on a plant only to find it dry as a bone? This can be a daily occurrence in the long hot summer for our outdoor plants. Air conditioning indoors is also extremely drying to everything in your home, including your plants. Adding water beads or water cubes to the soil, or using our Hydro Soil, can greatly extend the amount of time between waterings. Think of this as a water storage system at the disposal of your plants and flowers.

    This technology is completely biodegradable and is not considered to be a health hazard. In other words, they are safe to touch, to squeeze through your fingers, and to use in your garden, your houseplants and in your flower vases. By using these beads or cubes, you will not need to water as frequently. This means that you will not need to fertilize as often because your plant food is not washed out of the soil as quickly.

    If you want to give your new plantings a head start this fall, add some to the soil before filling in the hole. Add some to your tilled soil and to all your outdoor planting containers. Don’t forget your houseplants and to add some special holiday magic, add some red & green beads to a Christmas vase of Holly or some orange, yellow and red beads to your Thanks giving center piece flowers.

    If you would like some decorating ideas or if we can answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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