How Water Crystals Work.
Water Crystals absorb and hold water, storing it for an
In gardening, horticulture and agriculture, hydrated crystals become reservoirs of moisture for
thirsty plants. They capture excess irrigation in any type
of gardening or farming, helping keep the soil moist and creating a
healthier growing environment.
They will hold the water for extended periods of time
until drained through transpiration. At that time or anytime prior,
hydration can be replenished to their water holding capacity, which is
400-500 times their dry size.
When mixed or tilled into soil, Water Crystals will absorb and retain
for periods lots longer than untreated soil is capable of doing. The extent of
depends on ambient temperature, humidity and the thirst of the plant(s) the
Increase Water Availability For Plants.
In all cases, Water
Crystals increase the availability of water to plants. And they actually conserve water.
If you squeeze a hydrated crystal, the polymer won't leak moisture as does a
sponge. Instead, the hydrated polymer gel will break into smaller
pieces or crystals.
A water crystal will dehydrate back to granules smaller than their original
size, but replenish as full as its maximum.
Within several minutes after immersion or contact with water, a
Water Crystal the size of a sunflower seed begins to grow to the size of an acorn.
With these water polymer crystals, you won't have to wait overnight or use
distilled water to see the crystals swell.
In soil, the environmentally-safe polymers absorb and hold excess moisture,
conserving water in the soil before it runs off so that plants can drink it. Feeder roots of plants seek these small reservoirs, penetrating
the crystals' membranes to give its plant life-sustaining hydrogen and oxygen.
The crystals absorb and store dissolved nutrients from
the surrounding soil soil.
When hydrated, they supply water to plants. They do not drain water from
plants or compete with them for moisture.
Instead, hydrated crystals are gradually drained of
water from the drinking plants and
from ambient temperature.
Then, when it rains or when the soil is irrigated, or the container plant
watered, the Water Crystals
will again absorb excess moisture. They are capable of continuing the process thousands of
times. Agricultural testing ceased on the sodium crystals after a dozen years.
A percentage of annual replenishment in crop fields is called for not
because of product degradation, but because of soil disturbance. A
hydrated crystal must not be exposed to direct sunlight.
see the products' Material Safety Data Sheets,
Small Price for Preserving Plants.
See how a small investment in this amazing product—which
is also referred to as polymer crystals or hydro gels—will help protect your
plants. Water Crystals are a big plus for both indoor and outdoor plants—those
in the ground and those in containers. They improve soil quality and reduce watering.
A little goes a long way.
Generally, the smaller the crystal, the
faster it will absorb water.
A midsize crystal is a general purpose
product for normal soils, container and potted plants, gardens, crop
lawns, trees and shrubs. This size also has been the preferred crystal for hand
crafts and neck coolers.
For clay soils, use the larger crystals.
They will help break up the clay and make the soil more porous. This size
is the second choice for hand crafts and home decorations.
For sandy soils, bare root planting, and
for pre-conditioning a potting soil to retain moisture, use the granular
Where Water Crystals Are Used.
Water Crystals save irrigation costs and help prevent plant stress
from dry conditions in crop farming throughout the world, in nurseries, on sod and
farms and in home gardens and lawns, in container gardens,
plants and houseplants.
Their application does not eliminate the need for
Instead, it reduces the frequency needed for watering.
For some agricultural results, see
Results With Water Crystals.
Water Crystals are used in a variety of hand
crafts, household and seasonal decorations, floating candles
and candle-holder designs, as neck coolers, cool wraps,
cool ties and pads, as hot/cold compresses for
muscular/skeletal care, in a variety of
proprietary products and
other applications, including humidors
and insect feeding. They are used to regulate the humidity in
WaterCrystals.Com now offers two types of
superabsorbent polyacrylamide co-polymers: a polymer cross-linked
with acrylamide sodium acrylate (the original Water Crystal) and a
similar polymer crystal cross linked with acrylimide potassium acrylate.
Sounds scary, but all are safe and non toxic to cats, dogs, humans,
other critters, and the environment. See their Material Safety Data
Now that the chemistry is out of the
way, what does it mean?