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chappy56

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Has anyone tried this product?
At first glance it seems to make sense.
Here's the info to go with the photo................

Soil Moist has been developed to reduce the amount of water needed to maintain vigorous plants and other green goods. When mixed in the soil, the crystals will soften and swell as water is added and absorbed. When the potting system dries, the polymer will release its water to the plant. Soil Moist acts as a water reservoir--even during periods of drought the stored water is released to the plant. The expansion and retraction of the polymer during the watering cycle helps soil aeration, which is important to all plants.
 

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Rick Moquin

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It's garbage!

Read the description provided. Do you really want that happening in a shallow bonsai pot?
 
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A proper mix will retain water and create soil aeration without the chemicals.




Will
 

bisjoe

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I agree, keep it away from your bonsai.

Polymers have been around for years, since the late 70s, and are suitable for use in houseplants
when one is going on vacation and has no one to water for them, that's about it.
 

Rick Moquin

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I agree, keep it away from your bonsai.

Polymers have been around for years, since the late 70s, and are suitable for use in houseplants
when one is going on vacation and has no one to water for them, that's about it.
... the missus used it in our patio planters last summer, what a freaking mess it made. Not only did it make a mess of the area, it was terribly unsightly.
 

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The problem with something like this is that there are some trees used in bonsai that like to be watered a lot but they do not like to be kept wet. This sounds like a contradiction but the truth is the Mugo Pine is one of them. They do best in a very fast draining soil but they do not prosper well when allowed to become bone dry. In my experience they do best with a lot of water that runs through. This process aerates the soil. The water pushes out the air and as the water drains through it draws in fresh air which keeps down the occurrences of root fungi of the dangerous type. This product will disallow this cycle and possibly encourage the fungi problem.
 
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