Gardening Articles: Care :: Soil, Water, & Fertilizer

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

by Charlie Nardozzi


Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting soil before you plant. Every time you water, the gel contained in the crystals absorbs moisture and expands. The gel slowly releases water over time, keeping the soil moist longer and requiring you to water less.

But what happens if you are so busy in spring you forget to mix in the crystals? A new product will help you add gel to the potting soil even after planting. The Gel-Jector is a caulking-sized tube filled with water-absorbing gel. Using a caulking gun, you simply inject the gel 4 inches deep into the container and let it work its magic. Use 4 trigger squeezes for a 12-inch-diameter container.

For more information on the Gel-Jector, go to: Kinsman Company.

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