Materials, called hydrogels or hydrophilic polymers, are made when inserted into the soil mix, from crystallike polymers that can help reserve moisture. The polymers resemble salt since they take in water when they’re dry but into clumps that are jellylike. The polymer clumps absorb moisture like a sponge, making it available as needed to plant roots that are thirsty. Based on their type, polymers can consume anywhere between 60 and 400 times their weight in water. Adding crystals can reduce the stress of moisture reduction on plants during exceptionally hot weather, or when plants are sited at a site and may save you from needing to water frequently.
Mix in together with the soil for adding plants, as a planter in preparation fills up. Ensure the crystals are distributed throughout the planter. They can be added dry or moist but are worked into the ground when they’re dry.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions precisely when adding water absorbent hydrogels to your potting soil. Adding too much of this plastic substance can cause your plants to be pushed upward and out of this planter.
Water your planter as you usually would. Materials help decrease your plants’ need for water, but do not eliminate the need for watering entirely.
Since hydrogels break down rapidly when exposed to fertilizer salts feed your planter just.
Replace substances periodically, since their effect on soil isn’t permanent. Through decomposition, the hydrogels’ ability is depleted within about five years.