Water retaining crystals / gel

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Lardman

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Water retaining crystals / gel
« on: April 29, 2014, 15:22 »
Nearly time to put the things out in the greenhouse  :D I plan to use 10" pots with MP in them. Are these water retaining crystals worth it ? I wouldn't bother with the peppers, but I'm wondering if the toms and the cukes would see the benefit especially seeing how quickly the MP seems to be drying out this year.
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Re: Water retaining crystals / gel
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 18:42 »
I usually chuck them in my greenhouse pots.  They do help if you have a long day at work and get back too late or too tired to water.  They hold water in the compost until the next morning until you can get out there :)

Rehydrate them before you mix into the compost.  They swell up a lot and you can end up with compost errupting out of the pot if you are not careful  ;)

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Re: Water retaining crystals / gel
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 19:35 »
I use them too in the greenhouse. Definitely helps if you can't make it to the plot for a day.
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Re: Water retaining crystals / gel
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 19:41 »
I usually chuck them in my greenhouse pots.  They do help if you have a long day at work and get back too late or too tired to water.  They hold water in the compost until the next morning until you can get out there :)

Rehydrate them before you mix into the compost.  They swell up a lot and you can end up with compost errupting out of the pot if you are not careful  ;)

That happened to me the first time that I used them - I had compost every where.  :lol:

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Re: Water retaining crystals / gel
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 20:57 »
Cheers all I'll give them a go then, wish Id put some in my strawberry tower  :(

They swell up a lot and you can end up with compost errupting out of the pot if you are not careful  ;)

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